Rah-Rah Diplomacy: Win or Lose, Chinese Are a Cheerful Bunch

The Washington Post reports:

The Chinese, it turns out, are going wild over the Games. Through two days of full competition in Beijing, Chinese spectators have displayed just the sort of enthusiasm that officials hoped to see — and virtually none of the ugly nationalism that has characterized other sporting events between China and former foes, such as Japan.

Chinese fans are so excited about the Olympics that they will cheer anything. Even sports they don’t understand.

“I don’t know the rules of archery very clearly. Actually, I don’t even know how many members are on a team,” said Wen Liwei, 36, a housewife who saw China win silver to South Korea’s gold in an archery final Sunday. “But it’s fantastic.”


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