CDT Interview Series: Chinese Journalists Talk About the Olympics, Tibet, and Cross-Cultural Understanding (4)
[Editor's Note: Since March, a series of events including unrest in Lhasa and protests following the Olympic torch relay, have brought to the surface a clash between nationalist elements of the Chinese public and international critics of China. Because of tight control by the propaganda department, the issues of Tibet, foreign criticism of China's human rights record, and nationalism are not allowed to be publicly debated in the Chinese media. But what do Chinese journalists really think about these issues? In an effort to gain a more nuanced answer to this question, CDT interviewed four working Chinese journalists. Most of the interviewees prefer to remain anonymous. They are all based in Beijing and work in various national magazines and newspapers. CDT has not edited their responses.
The last interview follows. The first three interviews are here, here and here.]
Interview with a Chinese Journalist, by Kiran Goldman.
The interviewee is Jianqiang Liu, a senior investigative reporter of the Southern Weekend, and currently a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.
CDT: How do you feel about the Olympics being in Beijing? What does it mean for China, for the Chinese people?
Jianqiang Liu: My personal feeling is I don’t like the Olympic games because I think it will waste a lot of money for the common people. The common Chinese people can’t get benefits from the Olympic games because they have to pay a lot of money to the government for taxes. Money comes in from all the provinces, but the central government gives most of the money to the Olympic games, to Beijing, and how could a Chinese person from Yunnan, Sichuan, and Shandong get benefits from the Olympic games? Chinese people are very poor in rural China and in Tibet, in Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou some children’s
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