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“The Dark Knight” star Christian Bale should feel embarrassed for trying to visit a human-rights activist while he was in China to promote a movie the country has submitted for an Oscar, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, Mr. Bale was physically stopped by government-backed guards from visiting blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who lives under house arrest in eastern China, last week. A CNN crew he was traveling with recorded the scuffle.

Asked whether the publicity has been embarrassing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said he thought the actor should feel embarrassed, not China.

He said Mr. Bale was invited by director Zhang Yimou to attend the opening ceremony of the film “The Flowers of War.”

“But he was not invited to create a story or shoot film in a certain village,” said Mr. Liu. “I think if you want to make up news in China, you will not be welcome here.”

Mr. Bale, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for last year’s “The Fighter,” said he wanted to shake Mr. Chen’s hand and tell him “what an inspiration he is.”

Afghanistan deployment awaits Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry has said he will be deployed to Afghanistan for a second time - almost four years after his previous secret mission was cut short when details leaked, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Harry, who is third in line to the throne, told guests at a military awards ceremony Monday night that he would likely return next year, the Sun newspaper reported.

“I can’t wait to get out there,” Harry said.

Harry served as a battlefield air controller in Afghanistan for 10 weeks beginning in December 2007 but was sent home early after details were made public - first by an Australian celebrity magazine and later on the Drudge Report website.

He became the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands conflict with Argentina in 1982.

A spokesman for St. James’s Palace, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, would not discuss the details of when or where Harry could serve in Afghanistan. He said it would be a “matter for the military chain of command.”

The prince returned to Britain in November after two months of combat helicopter pilot training in the U.S. At the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., Harry flew Apache attack helicopters in the desert close to the Mexican border.

During training at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in southern Arizona, he fired missiles and rockets. During a brief break from maneuvers, Harry rented a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Scottsdale and rode the six-hour trip to Las Vegas for a weekend visit.

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