From Caijing Magazine:
From turmoil in Lhasa to disturbances during the Olympic Torch relay, from the Chinese boycott of the French retailer Carrefour to the noncommittal attitudes of certain Western politicians toward the Beijing Games, these closely interwoven but complex circumstances have caused concern. At a time when public emotions in China are running high, there is special need for calm reflection.
Images of the torchbearer Jin Jing, a disabled Chinese athlete, protecting the flame from a protester while sitting in her wheelchair have been posted widely on the internet by her admirers. She has become a national icon. Also, certain Western media failed to report the protests during the torch relays in a fair and balanced manner, drawing strong rancor among the Chinese public and sparking street demonstrations by Chinese living abroad. On top of this, some European and U.S. politicians said they would attend neither the opening nor the closing ceremonies of the Games.