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China Craves Olympic Prestige

February 18, 2008

By  JOHN RODERICK, AP Special Correspondent 

HONOLULU – On Aug. 8, when the Beijing Olympics begin in promised splendor, a few may reflect on how far or how fast China has come to host this high mark of international prestige.

A little more than a year after the games finish, Oct. 1, 2009, China will mark its 60th anniversary as a communist nation. It is a survivor when many Marxist regimes have met their demise beginning with the first, the Soviet Union.

To my old eyes, it seems almost a miracle that China has survived the pain and bloodshed to emerge from poverty and become one of the richest of Earth‘s nations in so short a time.

Torn by internal strife for years, long shunned internationally, China now seeks to acquire something intangible but precious, to match its new prosperity. It seeks prestige, or “weiwang” in Chinese. Prestige is a quality China once had in abundance as the ancient Middle Kingdom, an empire to which other nations regularly paid tribute.

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Vietnam celebrates UN Security Council seat

October 17, 2007

by Frank Zeller

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam on Wednesday celebrated a key step in its post-war global reintegration after the United Nations accepted it for the first time as a non-permanent Security Council member from next year.  Its new role will elevate Vietnam’s international prestige but also force its leaders — who have been keen on friendly ties with almost all countries — to make tough choices and take sides in world disputes, observers said.The world body on Tuesday chose Vietnam, along with four other newcomers, to sit on the 15-member council for two years from January 1, meaning Vietnam will assume the rotating presidency for a month some time next year.

Communist Vietnam joined the United Nations 30 years ago — two years after it emerged war-shattered but victorious from what is called here the American War — and Hanoi first applied for a council seat a decade ago.
Meanwhile, at home in Vietnam, people wade through a flooded street in central city of Hue, Vietnam on Tuesday Oct. 16, 2007. Floods triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam killed three people, left two others missing and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, disaster officials said Wednesday.

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