March 27, 2008

SADLY, THERE ARE STILL TOO MANY IN THE WEST...:

West's Tibet 'bias' galls many in China: The coverage, only the latest bad publicity, is making people feel their huge Olympic effort is unappreciated. (Mark Magnier, 3/27/08, Los Angeles Times)

When China seven years ago won the right to hold this summer's Olympics, the nation erupted in joy, confident it would finally receive the accolades it deserved as an emerging global power after a century of isolation and humiliation.

In recent months, however, China has battled criticism of its food and toy safety, been hit with director Steven Spielberg's high-profile withdrawal as Olympic advisor over its Darfur policy, weathered athlete complaints about pollution and faced global criticism over its crackdown against the Tibet uprising.

Add it up and some Chinese are feeling under siege. Few nations have spent more effort to showcase their country than China has in organizing what are shaping up to be the most expensive Olympic Games in history. Spending is estimated at $40 billion, including related infrastructure projects such as a new airport terminal, subway system and even sewage systems.

"Chinese have given so much to the Olympics, but we're criticized so harshly by foreigners," said Hu Xijin, editor in chief of Global Times.


...who agree with the PRC that the Olympics are more important than oppression.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 8:46 AM
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"Spending is estimated at $40 billion, including related infrastructure projects such as a new airport terminal, subway system and even sewage systems."
"Chinese have given so much to the Olympics..." otherwise the Chinese would be happy driving their ox-carts and wallowing in spilled sewages.

Posted by: ic at March 27, 2008 1:24 PM
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