The troubles for Asia’s rising economy that has just begun entering the era of globalization and opening door’s China doesn’t seem to stop. Rumors of grave economic problems due to lavish expenditures in preparation for the Olympics this August 2008, the threat of boycotts from athletes and even the countries they represent and the problems associated with the current world food crisis that is being brought in by severe droughts and economic woes are not helping to boost their credibility as a capable Olympic Host. The preparations have been rushed so much that the fate of the people hangs in the balance. China, one of the world’s largest countries and the most populous one has been known to have local food shortages of their own in the past and dwindling supplies of rice are not doing the people any good. Civil liberties are strictly controlled like the internet and other forms of mass communication which are constantly patrolled and taken off the net or air if a hint of anti-government sentiment is sniffed. The recent crackdown on monks who cry for independence which they strictly controlled in terms of media reporting banning them form the hot-spots only letting them in after worldwide public outcry.
The problem of China as a liberated country that has outgrown its communist roots is far from over in fact it’s just beginning. The venues of the games have strict police control to suppress citizens from voicing out their opinions. Ceremonies have strict attendance for press and officials only due to threats of demonstrations. True the games gave millions new jobs but maybe for all the wrong reasons. The people suffer yet they construct lavish structures further draining the country’s lacking finances. China may be forced to open up more to allow more freedom and expression of views if they are to make the Olympics a successful one. The boycott movement is aimed to raise awareness of the hypocrisy that is manifested in their hosting the games which should be a sign of freedom and friendship among nations. Some nations have already voiced concern that their athletes are moving to boycott the games, not attending or representing their countries to signify their defiance to condone the atrocities that are still going on right outside the Olympic venue’s grounds.
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