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)