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Ai Weiwei: 'Any artwork, if it's relevant, is political'

Artist to publish autobiography recording a century of 'China's intellectual struggle'

Ai Weiwei: "Any artwork, if it's relevant, is political, or otherwise is just some kind of decoration, or for money making." (Photo provided by Ai Weiwei)

TOKYO -- As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, one of Beijing's most outspoken critics will publish a personal history that also spans a century.

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei will release his yet untitled autobiography -- written in Chinese and translated into about a dozen languages -- toward the end of the year. The book starts with his father's birth and ends with that of his youngest son.

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