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Officials extinguish Olympic torch again

April 7, 2008

PARIS -(AP)  Security officials have extinguished the Olympic torch for a second time amid heavy protests during the torch relay in Paris.
Police have escorted the flame onto a bus, apparently to move it away from protesters.

The flame was being carried out of a Paris traffic tunnel by an athlete in a wheelchair when it was stopped because protesters booed and began chanting “Tibet.”

It was the second time Monday that officials extinguished the torch amid protests. The procession was apparently being continued on board a bus.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PARIS (AP) — Security officials have extinguished the Olympic torch amid heavy protests during the relay in Paris.

Police in jogging gear put the torch out and brought it aboard a bus, apparently to move it away from protesters. The flame was being carried down a road along the Seine River amid demonstrators carrying Tibetan flags when the relay was stopped. It is not immediately clear what police plan next.

About 3,000 police — riding motorcycles, jogging or traveling on skates — are on hand to protect the Olympic torch. The relay started Monday at the Eiffel Tower.

Analysis: China backtracks on press promises

September 21, 2007

HONG KONG, Sep. 21

SHAILESH PALEKAR

UPI Correspondent
September 21, 2007

Local and Western media hailed the release of jailed New York Times Beijing Bureau researcher Zhao Yan on Sept. 15. However, the detention of two Agence France-Presse reporters near Shengyou, a village north of Beijing, three days earlier, flaunts China’s promises of press freedoms, liberal reporting rules, and suspension of decades-old restrictions on foreign journalists made in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics. 
    
Premier Wen Jiabao’s new regulations on press freedoms allow foreign reporters to travel throughout the country and interview people without prior official permission, in accordance with a promise that China made to the International Olympic Committee to allow free reporting during and before the 2008 games.

However, events indicate the game plan is only to convince the world that China has become an open and “harmonious society.” What it misses by a wide margin is a real commitment to play by the rules, in a spirit of genuine sportsmanship. 
    
Reporters Without Borders has recorded up to 32 cases involving foreign journalists who have either been detained, prevented, or refused permission to report by the police since January. ”

Read the rest at:
http://www.upiasiaonline.com/society_culture/2007/
09/21/analysis_china_backtracks_on_press_promises/

Investing in China: Famously Volatile, Richly Rewarding

July 21, 2007

By Tomoeh Murakami Tse and Ariana Eunjing Cha
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, July 22, 2007; Page F01

It’s the money tree that keeps on giving.

Despite warnings about the lack of transparency, corruption scandals and companies with shaky financials, the Chinese stock market has leaped 300 percent in the past two years.

No other major market in the world has rewarded investors as generously. Consider: Brazil, Russia and India — the other fast-growing countries that make up the so-called BRIC economies — gained at most 170 percent over the same period. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 24 percent.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/21/AR2007072100113.html

Related: We at Peace and Freedom believe that despite the terrific potential for wealth; China’s record on human rights and corruption detracts significantly from her opportunities.  Before investors enter the China market, we recommend they review her overall record in the international community.  See:

Chinese dissident was tortured

Frightening Scenes: Beijing’s Brutal Dirty Laundry

China Planning a Surreal Facade for Summer Olympic Games: Beijing 2008

Despite outcry, many Americans can’t live without China goods