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Michael Jackson lives. In Beijing.

The Chinese are obsessed with the late gloved one. Why?

Chinese fascination with Jackson also stems from his fans' perception of him as someone who genuinely wanted to solve the world’s problems. More than once the guests on stage said they thought Jackson represented hope for peace and the need to solve global problems such as climate change.

“He is very pure, he is very innocent,” said Zhang. “He keeps innocence in his heart, everything around him is very complicated, but that is Michael Jackson.”

And like Jackson fans everywhere, Chinese fans dismiss the negative press including the accusations of child molestation.

Bai Bing, a 28–year-old market researcher from Beijing, said he doesn’t believe any of the scandals.

“He is like a child, he just loves to play with children,” said Bai. “Just listen to his songs. Listen to the words and you can tell he is so kind hearted. He wanted to heal the world.”

If anything, Jackson’s death has catapulted him into even greater fame in China.

Since his heart attack, the Chinese fan club has doubled its membership to almost 80,000 now, said founder Zhang.

The fact that “This Is It” is screening in China at all reflects the man’s importance. Chinese cinemas are only allowed to show a maximum of 20 overseas films a year.

And in their own way, the DVD pirates will also pay their tribute to the King of Pop. By tomorrow evening vendors will no doubt be selling $1 bootleg copies of it on Beijing’s streets.