Chinese Government Dismisses International Concerns Over Missing Artist Ai Weiwei

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BEIJING (AP).- A state-run Chinese newspaper on Wednesday brushed aside international concerns over the fate of a prominent artist and activist missing since the weekend, calling him a maverick who lacks respect for the country’s laws. Human rights groups as well as the U.S., Britain and the European Union delegation in Beijing have expressed concern about Ai Weiwei, an avant-garde artist and outspoken government critic who was last seen early Sunday in police custody after he was barred from boarding a flight at a Beijing airport. An editorial in the Global Times newspaper, published by the ruling Communist Party’s flagship People’s Daily, said the international outcry was a deliberate attempt to undermine social stability in China. “The West’s behavior aims at disrupting the attention of Chinese society and attempts