June 17, 2007

EMPTY THE STAGE:

The Wrong Way to Challenge China (Jim Hoagland, June 17, 2007, Washington Post)

Some countries host the Olympics as a coming out on the world stage. Economically resurgent Japan used the Tokyo Games of 1964 in such a way. So did South Korea in 1988. China as usual is different. The Middle Kingdom will host the 2008 Olympics to bring the world onto the Chinese stage.

For the ruling Communist Party, all that matters is how the Games and the international prestige they can bring to their organizers will play with China's 1.3 billion people. Other nations should keep that difference in mind as they figure out how to deal with China in the run-up to the August 2008 Games. It is not an easy call.


Why? If the point of the Games is to bring prestige to the regime then if you oppose the regime you obviously seek to deny it same and bring it humiliation instead.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2007 10:27 AM
Comments

I disagree with calling a boycott but it would be sweet if W could piss 'em off enough so that *they* would refuse to let us come.

Posted by: Chris B at June 18, 2007 7:49 AM

More effective than a boycott, I think, would be for news stories covering China's internal repressions and labor turmoil rather than its economic success. That effectively denies it prestige while protecting the US from being the bad cop and "ruining the games" with a boycott.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at June 18, 2007 10:33 AM

Chris, it sounds like you're suggesting the media tell the truth in their reportage.

Posted by: erp at June 18, 2007 1:53 PM
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