Archive for the ‘Olympic Games’ Category

China Frowns on Patriotic Protests

April 21, 2008

By Austin Ramzy
Time Magazine
April 21, 2008

It’s tough being a hot-blooded nationalist in China these days. Your online rants about treacherous French hypermarkets get censored, and by the time you can organize a protest on the street, those protests aren’t so welcome anymore.
Since late last week the official press has been signaling that the recent outburst by Chinese bloggers outraged over anti-Chinese protests that have dogged the path of the Olympic torch must be wound down. Some Chinese have been calling for a boycott of the French retailer Carrefour, which has more than 100 outlets in China, after pro-Tibet protesters gave the torch a rough reception in Paris and the city council raised a banner on City Hall that read “Paris defends human rights all over the world.”

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China Insists Olympic Torch Will Go Through Tibet

April 6, 2008

by Charles Whelan 

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s top official in Tibet, rejecting a demand of activists around the world, has insisted that the Beijing Olympics torch relay will pass through the Himalayan region as planned.

The iconic flame was Sunday carried through London, where demonstrations against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet saw 35 protesters arrested, but the Dalai Lama urged Tibetan exiles not to disrupt events leading up to the Games.

Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses ...
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the media in Dharamsala on April 6, 2008. China’s top official in Tibet, rejecting a demand of activists around the world, has insisted that the Beijing Olympics torch relay will pass through the Himalayan region as planned.
(AFP/Lobsang Wangyal)

Zhang Qingli, the most senior Chinese Communist Party official in Tibet, told local leaders that Beijing was in no mood to listen to the demands of demonstrators calling for the route to be changed.

In a statement on the Tibet government website Sunday, Zhang said Tibet was determined to play its part in a successful Olympics by hosting the torch relay on June 19 and 20 and overseeing the flame’s ascent of Mount Everest in May.

He urged people to “deepen their drive to complete the glorious, important and arduous task” of having the torch pass through Tibet.

Zhang said that most of Tibet had now been pacified after anti-Chinese riots broke out last month.

The Dalai Lama said Sunday that protests in Tibet and nearby provinces had disproven Chinese “propaganda” about unrest in the region, adding the situation could no longer be “neglected”.

The exiled spiritual leader repeated his call for an independent international probe into the unrest and subsequent Chinese crackdown….

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Beijing Needs A Lesson in Public Relations

March 13, 2008

By Christian Toto
The Washington Times
March 13, 2008

China, an emerging superpower with a booming economy to match its military might, appears to need a lesson in good, old-fashioned PR as it struggles with its international image prior to hosting the Olympic Games in August.
The country’s latest public relations fiasco involves one of the country’s newest movie stars, Tang Wei. The actress starred in last year’s critically acclaimed “Lust, Caution” from director Ang Lee. This week, China unofficially blacklisted Miss Wei for her role in the movie as a student activist who displayed unpatriotic behavior during the Japanese occupation, according to numerous press reports.
Taiwan-born film director Ang Lee (L) escorts Chinese actress ... 
Taiwan-born film director Ang Lee (L) escorts Chinese actress Tang Wei during a Japan premiere event of their movie “Lust, Caution” in Tokyo January 24, 2008. Lee has come out in support of Tang, whose advertisements have been blacklisted in China following her steamy turn in Lee’s “Lust, Caution”. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

“I am very disappointed that Tang Wei is being hurt by this decision,” Mr. Lee said Tuesday. “We will do everything to support her in this difficult time.”

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U.S. eases criticism of China and targets Russia

March 11, 2008
By Sue Pleming 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States took aim at Russia on Tuesday in its annual report on human rights, accusing the government of corruption and electoral abuses, but seemed to ease criticism of China ahead of the Olympic Games.

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Paramilitary policemen stand in front of a us with Olympic mascots in the window as they watch delegates from the National People’s Congress (NPC) walk towards the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square March 11, 2008.(David Gray/Reuters)

In examining human rights in more than 190 countries last year, the State Department also criticized its usual targets Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, China, Nepal, Syria and Zimbabwe.

“Countries in which power was concentrated in the hands of unaccountable rulers remained the world’s most systematic human rights violators,” said the report, which is widely resented by foreign governments that come under fire.

In a gesture likely to annoy human rights groups, the State Department did not include China among the world’s worst offenders like last year but Beijing‘s record on the issue was described as “poor.”

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China: Olympic Preps at “Highest Standards,” “Number One Project”

January 9, 2008
From Chinese Communist Media
January 9, 2008

China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin has urged the Beijing municipal government to apply the highest standards in its preparation for the Olympic Games to ensure a successful event in the coming August.

Members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s political advisory body, shall contribute their talents to the upcoming Olympic Games, said Jia Qinglin, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, in a tour of the city from January 4-7 that took him to enterprises, schools and villages.

The CPPCC members in Beijing shall also actively advise on the construction of the capital city, he said.

“To host a good Olympic Games is Beijing’s No.1 task this year. We shall prepare ourselves most for the Games,” he said.

Jia also said the city should balance the development of its downtown areas and suburbs, especially investing more in the development of its rural communities.

When visiting two communities in the eastern part of the city, he said more public resources will be spent on solving problems that matter most to the people’s basic interests.

Source: Xinhua

China pushes back at critics on recalls

August 24, 2007

By David Lague 
International Herald Tribune 
August 23, 2007

BEIJING: China is intensifying a campaign to shore up its reputation as a trading powerhouse following a spate of embarrassing product recalls and contamination scandals.

As feverish preparations continue to host the Olympic Games next year, the ruling Communist party is taking the offensive to defend its export performance.

China is still sending a clear message that it intends to crack down on tainted or defective goods.

But it is also accusing the United States of protectionism, faulting multinationals for negligence, accusing the foreign media of sensationalism and finding flaws with U.S. imports.

This sharp rhetoric also features in an internal public relations campaign. State controlled media on Sunday began broadcasting a week-long television series, “Believe in Made in China.”

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