Starbucks exits the Forbidden City

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Starbucks closed its store in Beijing's Forbidden City on Friday after months of controversy over the U.S. coffee-shop chain doing business there.

The decision followed the Forbidden City's announcement that it wants to operate all stores inside the former imperial palace, which is now a museum.

"[W]e have respectfully decided to end our lease agreement," the Seattle coffee chain said.

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Randll Reese Besch - 7/18/2007

Force to move out this past week. There are some 200 in the country.