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You Just Want Us To Look Bad

Why do the Chinese get so touchy about their country’s image? After a series of difficult conversations outside Beijing cinemas, Dan Edwards has a few ideas: China’s leaders contend that their rigorous suppression of...

Harmony- the “Universal Value” of Culture

The trend in Chinese ideology is going back to harmony (和谐) as a “universal value.” The term “harmonious society” (和谐社会) has been used before by Hu Jintao. As discussed in the fifth annual Beijing Forum...

Olympics Reveal East-West Divide

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is senior associate dean and Lester Crown professor of management practice at the Yale School of Management. He led the Yale Global Leadership Forum at the Beijing Olympics and studied the Atlanta Committee...

Orville Schell: China’s Post-Olympic Challenge

From the Business Standard: For the last two decades, Chinese leaders have been diligently trying to build a new edifice in order to gain some of that missing respect. This made a successful Olympic Games, when all the world...

China’s Power Show

“Beijing Olympics showcased the rising might of China and its continuing free speech phobia,” said the Houston Chronicle: The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics featured an opulent cast of 10,000...

China Showed the World that It’s Out of Sync

Tion Kwa, an editorial writer at The Straits Times in Singapore, is currently a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in Washington. He writes in the Japan Times: What I found particularly disquieting about the opening...

Olympics as PR: Here’s the New, Modern China

Henry Sanderson reports for the Associated Press: … the modern image that China is showcasing to the world during its turn in the white-hot Olympic spotlight may be nice to look at, but the Communist Party remains firmly...

The Achievement of China

Roger Ebert writes in the Chicago Sun-Times: The 2008 Olympics have been magnificently organized and supported by China. That much is obvious. The Bird’s Nest is not only spectacular in appearance, but functional and...

Sam Eifling: China’s Potemkin Olympics

Editor, reporter Sam Eifling writes in the Columbia Journalism Review: The swell of sour press about the Olympics may have begun with a couple of crooked teeth. It was clear to anyone who’d ever watched a person sing while...

John Kamm: Blinded By the Firewall

From the Washington Post: The empty Beijing hotel rooms and the lower-than-usual interest in the Games outside China are attributable to more than the strict visa policies and security measures that have discouraged travel to...

China Still Lags Behind U.S. in Influence, Survey Shows

From New York Times: Despite China’s remarkable economic rise, and its efforts to spread its influence in Asia through what is known as “soft power,” the country still lags far behind the United States in that sphere, according...

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