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China’s Nepal card

Nepal’s new Prime Minister, Prachanda, the former Maoist revolutionary leader, chose to visit China for the Olympics closing ceremony for his first official visit rather than make a stop in India, raising questions over...

China’s Vice-president Tiptoes on to World Stage

Reuters reports on Vice President Xi Jinping’s emergence into the public eye at the Olympics: Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping has tiptoed on to the world stage this Olympics, rubbing shoulders with U.S. President George...

Bush 41 In China: Kinda Like Old Times

The Washington Post interviews the senior George Bush (“Bush 41”) during his trip to Beijing, with his son and several other family members, as honorary captain of the U.S. Olympics team: The two presidents have...

Bush Trip to Asia Balances Fun, Diplomacy

During his final visit to China, President Bush hopes to keep diplomatic ties cordial between China and the United States. From the Associated Press: President Bush’s visit to Beijing almost looks like a vacation — right...

Taiwan Nixes China Move to Change Olympic Name

New tensions are cropping up between Taipei and the mainland over China’s preferred choice of a name for the island to use during the Olympics. From AP: Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun of the Mainland Affairs Council in Taipei...

China Sees Conspiracy Behind Olympics Criticisms

From Reuters: China said the United States is unfit to present itself as a “defender of human rights” and a senior official accused Western critics of conspiring to use the Beijing Olympic Games as a tool to subvert...

UK’s Olympic Gag Row Leads to Review (Updated)

Take politics out of the 2008 Games? It appears not. Yesterday’s revelation that the British Olympic Association has forced its Olympic athletes to sign a contract prohibiting them from making political statements during...

Prince Charles’ Olympic-sized Snub to China

According to the Telegraph, Prince Charles has said he will not be attending the Olympics in Beijing, while indirectly implying it is because of human rights concerns: The Prince made his decision known to campaigners for a free...

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