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British Embassy in China grants limited visa to Ai Weiwei

The British Embassy in Beijing has restricted a visa for dissident artist Ai Weiwei, alleging he failed to declare that he had a criminal conviction, a claim that his lawyer disputed on Thursday. Wednesday's letter from the embassy to the artist said he had applied for a six-month business visit visa, but that his visa had been restricted to the requested dates of travel on his application form because he had made false representations. "It is a matter of public record that you have previously received a criminal conviction in China, and you have not declared this," wrote an entry clearance manager. "Exceptionally, it has been decided to grant you entry clearance...