Fu Ying is the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom. She writes in the Guardian:
A question often raised after the Beijing Olympics is this: in what way has it changed China – and where is the country heading now? One of the most important effects has been on the world’s perception of China, and vice versa. The Olympics brought the international community into China and made the Chinese people feel closer to it. They understand better the diversity of the world, and are more relaxed about different opinions about their homeland. They are more confident in expressing their feelings and thoughts to the world.
The Olympics also opened up China more directly to the world, thanks to the presence of 30,000 international journalists. Much of their reporting helped to unroll a panoramic view of the dynamic, diverse, modern China, which is not free of challenges. After this encounter, hopefully, there will be fewer cases of using old footage, photos or stereotypes to present today’s stories.