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Building relations from the ground up

Over three decades, architect Liu Thai Ker has established himself as a respected adviser to China's city and provincial leaders.

"China changes very fast. Fast forward to today, and they understand urban issues better and also have their own opinions. They tend to go for exciting, iconic architecture and pay less attention to fundamental urban planning issues." - Mr Liu (above)

LIU Thai Ker was bestowed with an unexpected honour in the Chinese city of Guilin recently, when officials there asked him to don the traditional gown of an imperial graduate and nod his head in front of a statue of the famous philosopher Confucius.

"It was a gesture of appreciation and