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Removed the following paragraph from Open Society Institute article.

George Soros has been blamed for the destruction of the Thai economy in 1997. One Thai activist said, "We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the people." The Chinese call him "the crocodile," because his economic and ideological efforts in China were so insatiate, and because his financial speculation created millions of dollars in profits as it ravished the Thai and Malaysian economies. [1]

Part of the above citation comes from Heather Cottin's "George Soros, Imperial Wizard."

Compare to paragraph taken from George Soros's Keynote Address, The Asia Society Hong Kong Center 11th Annual Dinner, Hong Kong, September 19, 2001, which is given as the only source of the material:

"In fact, I was looking forward to dispelling the myth that seems to surround my name in this part of the world. When I was in Mainland China, I discovered that I am very well known by both ordinary people as well as the elite, but unfortunately, I am known as the 'crocodile'! Frankly, I am more bemused than hurt by this because I think the myth is so far removed from reality that it does not touch me personally. Nevertheless, I am not too pleased about it. I guess it is due to Mr. Mahathir who finds it convenient to blame me for the failures of his administration. I think the Asia Society is a wonderful forum in which to continue this sort of dialogue which was started by Mahathir when I was last in Hong Kong at the annual meeting of the World Bank in 1997. I suppose I should be grateful of Mahathir for making me famous in this part of the world. But frankly, as I said, I do not like the image that he has created for me so I would like to fire him as my publicity agent."

Only the words "China" and "the 'crocodile'" relate to the citation. Artificial Intelligence 11:12, 19 Aug 2005 (EDT)