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About the Piece

Aidan Duffy from Clonmacnoise lives and works just a stone's throw from Tiananmen square in central Beijing. For the past four years he has been the general manager of the Chang'An club, Beijing's premier private members club.

While Aidan cannot disclose who the members are, it's well known that the club is a meeting place for top Communist party officials and businesspeople. Its owner was once listed as the richest woman in China by Forbes magazine.

Aidan gives us a tour of the club and a peek into the world of 'guanxi', or connections, where China's elite make decisions affecting hundreds of millions of ordinary people in an environment far removed from the reality of most Chinese people's daily lives.

Aidan left Ireland 22 years ago and says it is sometimes hard to know where home is, but for the second time the Chang An club will host a St Patrick's Day party for its members.

He is, he says, trying to bring a little bit of Ireland to Beijing.

About the Director

Dan Chung was born in Britain and gained a BSc in Geography at the University of Plymouth before training as a photographer at Sheffield College.

Dan has worked for both Reuters and The Guardian as a stills photographer, but now works primarily as a video cameraman shooting commercials, advertorials and news features.

He has covered stories such as the war in Iraq, the Pakistan earthquake and the Asian tsunami. He has been based in China for the past three years, primarily working for The Guardian website.

Dan has won numerous awards including the What the Papers Say Photographer of the Year award in the UK on two occasions.

This is his first work for RTE.

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