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Ai Weiwei Arrest Prompts Germany to Summon Chinese Ambassador

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle summoned Chinese ambassador Wu Hongbo to discuss the detention of Ai Weiwei, an artist who has close links with Germany and planned to open a studio in the capital.

Earlier today, China attacked western governments, media and human-rights groups for criticizing the detention, saying in a commentary in the state-sanctioned Global Times website that the artist “will pay a price for his special choice.”