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6 months to the Beijing Olympics

February 6, 2008 - Steve Murch
Friday marks the six-month mark until the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. I don’t know about you, but I love the Olympics, Winter and Summer Games. There’s something special about the sports that don’t occupy the collective day-to-day sports that has a lure for me.

Ironically, however, I do avoid basketball in the summer and hockey in the winter. I see the pros all the time, so I have no real interest in those sports during the Olympics.

With the Games in Beijing, there is added interest because the international media believe they will get a good glimpse behind the curtain at the secretive budding world power. Don’t hold your breath.

The country’s leaders have put on a fairly good face at making people believe they are encountering a more open China. The land of more than a billion people still is a mystery, and probably will become more of a mystery after the Olympics leave the country.

Chinese leaders make no bones about the fact they want complete control over products in their country. Many companies have given in to China’s demands that the nation have the rights to world companies’ logos, formulas, etc. It’s a culture we’ll never fully understand.

I’d be willing to bet good money that once the Olympics are finished, China goes back to many of its chilly ways in terms of international diplomacy. I hope I’m wrong, but I just get the impression from reading between the lines in reports coming from the country that China did whatever it took to get the Olympics. Now that they have them, they don’t have much use for the world after the Games are over.

I hope I’m wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see China shrouded in secrecy beginning no later than the first of October.


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