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China's censors have ruled scenes from Mission: Impossible III that air Shanghai's dirty laundry must be cut if the film is to be screened across the country, state media said yesterday.

Some of Tom Cruise's latest Hollywood blockbuster was filmed in China's eastern metropolis of Shanghai, considered the nation's most modern city.

The censorship board, which often bans Western films that do not conform to its Communist Party guidelines, was unhappy that some scenes were "harmful" to Shanghai's image, Beijing News reported.

Among the "harmful" scenes that must be deleted is one showing laundry hanging from balconies, the report said. AFP