Thursday, March 08, 2007

China, Taiwan Tensions Threaten To Politicize Olympic Games

The cadres are showing signs of frustration with Taiwan over the Olympics -- to what extent -- remains to be seen.

Excerpt: Escalating tensions between China and Taiwan threaten to cast a dark shadow on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. From the route the Olympic torch takes to under which name and flag Taiwan athletes march into the stadium for the Games, everything suddenly seems in doubt.

Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian's announcement on Sunday to pursue full independence from China and to change the country's name from the current Republic of China to Taiwan was labelled a "threat to peace and stability in the region" by China.

The communist leadership in Beijing has threatened "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan if the island seeks independence or if the possibility of "peaceful reunification" is exhausted. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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