A CHINESE MAN SPRUCES UP A STORE IN BEIJING
A Chinese shopkeeper cleans the U.S. softdrink-sponsored awning above his shop in central Beijing with China's national flag in the background June 26. The sign on top reads "public telephone". The flag, normally displayed outside homes and businesses during public holidays, is out in force in the run-up to the midnight June 30 handover of Hong Kong to China after more than 150 years of British rule. Beijing has tried to stir up patriotic sentiment and ordered its citizens to display the national flag to celebrate the handover.