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Universal Studios opens Beijing park to crowds despite tensions

Resort welcomed amid COVID outbreak and low in ties with Washington

BEIJING -- Universal Studios opened its long-awaited first Chinese theme park in Beijing on Monday to crowds and political symbolism that would have seemed unlikely when the unit of U.S. telecommunications company Comcast unveiled the project in 2014.

Media affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party hailed the arrival of the park behind the wildly popular Kung Fu Panda series as a sign that there is no knee-jerk anti-Americanism in the country despite strained bilateral relations.

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