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The Olympics: Just Games?

For the Chinese, the Olympics have always been something more than just games: the longstanding medal-oriented ideology has linked sports achievements to national glory. As the 2012 London Olympics loom, although the national...

Geremie Barme: Olympic Art and Artifice

From the-american-interest.com: The year 2008 is a significant one for the People’s Republic of China. Of course, there will be the Beijing Olympic Games, scheduled to start on August 8—the auspicious eighth day of the eighth...

AP Exclusive: Networks, Olympics Organizers Clash

Stephen Wade reports from Beijing: Television networks that will broadcast the Beijing Olympics to billions around the world are squaring off with local organizers over stringent security that threatens coverage of the games in...

China ‘To Top Games Medal Table’

In China, people have long regarded the achievement of Olympic gold medal as a national honor. This Summer, it appears they may beat the U.S. to top the Olympics’ gold count. From BBC News: China is being tipped to end the...

Video: The Beijing Olympics and Media Freedom

Beijing based freelance reporter, Jocelyn Ford produces an eight minutes short documentary on the Beijing Olympics and Media Freedom. She includes broad views in China about media freedom, from an Olympic media center Chinese...

China Marks 100 Days to Olympics

“With 100 days remaining until the Olympic Games get underway, Chinese authorities are marking the milestone with a series of events.” From BBC: …Early on Wednesday morning, thousands of residents of the...

Travel Boom Makes Air China Soar

From BBC News: Air China has reported a 147% rise in quarterly profits, helped by a travel boom sparked by the rapid growth in the Chinese economy. The airline made net profits of 1.04bn yuan ($149m; £75m) in the first three...

China Falls Short on Vows for Olympics

China has a “‘Long Way to Go’ On Rights, Pollution And Press Freedom,” according to Jill Drew and Maureen Fan of the Washington Post: China has spent billions of dollars to fulfill its commitment to stage...

Clash of Hypocrisy, Incompetence

Dominique Moisi, founder and senior advisor at Ifri (French Institute for International Relations) and a professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw, writes for Project Syndicate on the Chinese government’s failures in...

My Friends, What Do You Want From Us?

In response to the protests against China Olympic Games, the following text is quoted from cbc forums, via C’est la vie blog: What do you want from us? When we were called “sick man of Asia”, we were called peril....

The Torch and Freedom

Here is an editorial on the Chinese government’s Olympic PR crisis, from The New York Times: After facing major protests in London and Paris as the Olympic torch made stops on its journey to Beijing, the Chinese government...

China Loses Control of the Games

Here is an extensive report on Der Spiegel’s English website: Part 1: China Loses Control of the Games Part 2: ‘Journey of Harmony’ Part 3: The Boycott Taboo Part 4: And the Screen Went Dark Simon Elegant also...

Playing Games on Chinese

Ann Kent is a Visiting Fellow in the ANU College of Law and author of Beyond Compliance: China, International Organizations and Global Security (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2007). She writes the following commentary...

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