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Bush Loves Olympics-He Never Uses Politics!

China expressed its “regets” at the decision of Steven Spielberg not to attend the Olympics as a response to failure to act in Darfur and the Chinese government’s continued support of Sudan. President Bush said he had no hesitation attending the Olympic games and “I am not going to go and use the Olympics as an opportunity to express my opinions to the Chinese people in a public way.” Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao complained those supporting action in Darfur did not grasp how much China is doing to help solve the humanitarian crisis in that region. It has already sent 315 engineering troops to Darfur.

Many Chinese leaders simply do not believe it is fair to place the Darfur crisis on their shoulders snce it is an event happening far away in a region having nothing to do with China. As one Chinese defender put it: “The West has seized on China’s tremendous emphasis on the Olympic Games to criticize China.”

Back in 1980, President Jimmy Carter protested the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan by urging a boycott of the Olympic Games that were being held in Russia. China sells weapons to the Sudan and it purchases large amounts of oil. If it threatened a boycott there would be action on the part of the Sudan government. But, Spielberg and others are not merely concerned with Darfur, they want the Chinese government to cease harassing dissidents and allow greater freedom within their nation– things they promised when awarded the Olympic Games and things so far not done. It is refreshing to learn our beloved president never allows politicsl to get in the way of what he does.

China Dodges On Darfur Pollcy

The Chinese government is upset at attempts by humn rights activists to link their policy of cooperation with the Sudan government to the upcoming Olympics. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu insisted “it is of apparent politicl intention and purposes to link the Darfur issue with the Olympics.” He rejected hopes by organizations his government would exert pressure on Sudan to halt the janjaweed attacks on innocent civilians. Although, China has important economic links with Sudan, the foreign ministry claims it lacks the power to exert pressure and is doing all in its power to help the people of Darfur by dispatching 140 enlgineering troops to assist.

China continues with its policy of doing what is best for the economic interests of itself regardless of how that impacts other people in the world. China today is an important economic power, but it dodges any responsibilities to aid those who are suffering. It will conduct business as usual with any repressive regime on grounds it is none of their business because its own business comes first. Hopefully, at some future time when China becomes a democratic society, it will assume its role on the world scene as a beacon of hope for those who need hope.

New Olympic Challenge — Pollution!

There is growing concern among Olympic officials at the possibility pollution in Beijing may be a factor in Olympic competitions. The extensive coal mining boom in China which is stimulating industrial production has also added considerably to pollution in the nation. Beijing lies in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges which make for difficulty in dispersing pollutants. Khalid Mailk, UN representative in Beijing noted: “You have to bear in mind this is the first time the Olympics are being held in a developing country.” Although China has spent at least $16 billion in preparation for the Olympics attempting to deal with environmental concerns, the presence of adverse pollutants may be a factor in the competitions.

Desmond Tutu, South African Leader Denounces China

Bishop Desmond Tutu, the famous South African cleric, told a Swedish audience he personally would boycott the Beijing 2008 Olympics unless China uses it s leverage over the government of Myanmar to insist on respect for democratic principles and a halt to violence against monks. He referred to Burma’s leader of the democratic opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, as the “Nelson Mandela of Burma.” After his speech several members of the Swedish cabinet marched in support of the Burmese people.

Bishop Tutu has raised the only available weapon left to thwart Burma’s military junta-force China to use its influence and economic power in Burma to demand the respect for law and order.