A Chinese newspaper with close links to the Communist Party on Thursday called on famed artist Ai Weiwei to abandon his ‘previous politics’ after the dissident was allowed to stage a rare exhibition in China. China’s best known contemporary artist abroad, Ai’s outspoken criticism of China’s ruling Communist party has caused much of his work to be censored domestically. China has denied Ai a passport since 2011 in an apparent attempt to limit his international influence. But authorities allowed his first solo exhibition to open in Beijing on Saturday. Lacking his usual political commentary, the show — which reports said local authorities had approved — consists of a reconstructed 400-year-old wooden ancestral hall. The Global Times tabloid, which has close links to Communist Party mouthpiece

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