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When did Peking, China, change its name to Beijing?

According to the Associated Press, the city officially changed its name from Peking to Beijing in 1949 because the new Communist government adopted the Pinyin transliteration method for proper names. In the West, the change became more noticeable when the Chinese began using Beijing on official documents in the late 1980s. Chinese scholars have also said that many news and sports anchors - except for NBC's "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams - have incorrectly pronounced the Olympic city's name as "Bay-zhing" instead of "Bay-jing," the correct version, according to the AP report.


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