Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hu Will Bask In Reflected Olympic Glory

How the Olympics can make China’s dictatorship stronger and look better is well captured in this enlightening piece from Forbes. Beijing’s new slogan : The rule of law is upon us -- China embraces the New Year with open mind and more accountable government … Hmm!

Forbes: Unlike almost all previous holders of the Olympics, China will not have adopted the democratic, pluralistic and free-market norms that have characterized the post-Cold War international consensus. Instead, Hu will attempt to demonstrate to the population at large that a one-party state with restricted civil liberties and a heavily protected economy can demand and receive the world's most prestigious sporting competition, thereby strengthening his position at home and abroad. (more)

No comments: