‘Post-Olympic Era’ Off to a Rocky Start in China

Now that the glow of the is wearing off, journalists are taking another look at post-Olympics/Paralympics and are not so optimistic. From AP:

China received widespread praise for organizing the , which formally ended Wednesday with the Paralympics’ closing ceremony.

Even before then, however, reality reasserted itself with the collapse earlier this month at an illegal mine dump that killed at least 259 and forced the resignation of a provincial governor. Since then, a product scandal has roiled the nation, with contaminated milk powder causing the death of three infants and sickening more than 6,200 others.

Both crises point to underlying systemic weaknesses that the Olympics did little to eliminate, despite a massive effort to clean up Beijing’s polluted air, boost security and ensure smooth logistics.

See also: After the Olympics, will China crack? from the Guardian.

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