Monday, April 7, 2008

Olympic 2008: China's Pride And Shame

The commotion and disturbances at the running and passing of the Olympic torch in England and France must be the highlight of the upcoming games in August. China has been in the spotlight for human rights discrimination long before yesterday but it was these events that open up the eyes of the world to the effect of China's oppressive government on its own people and also on other regions which it claims to own.

Preparations for the Beijing Olympic was undertaken by China even before the Greece Olympic in 2004 has started. Being an emergent player in the world's economic market then, China was proud of its chance to host the event and all its athletes have been working hard towards this summer, all in the name to be the best amongst the best. The public were given etiquette lessons on not to spit and brush up on their English language as to be able to show the world that China can do anything, from constructing the biggest dams to being the friendly host.

And yet, amidst all its successes in development of its own country, China must have not expected the protestors that staged all these marches recently were a multiple groups of Chinese and non-Chinese alike. Its recent suppression of news from Tibet clearly sparked the flame of all dissidents abroad and human rights activists and I don't blame them for spoiling the Olympics this early, as this will be their only and best opportunity to cause some sort of disruptions in the name of rights of men in foreign countries without fear of direct repression from the Chinese government.

There is no doubt that the games will go on regardless on how many protests and propaganda is staged. China's defiant government never seems to buckle under these type of pressures but probably with the interventions of other countries' leaders, it will be obliged to ease some if not all tensions in Tibet. As to its human rights policy internally, we must respect the sovereignty of each country and for a huge country like China, perhaps this may be the only form of government that works at the meantime.

A majority of the present Chinese population have been enjoying wealth and power ever since China open up to more foreign trade policies and perhaps the need for more financial stability and materialistic possessions have blinded some if not all of its people of the need for rights of speech. I do understand this concept when one is seeking a life better than his parents and hoping to achieve it with the least drawbacks and difficulty and must be complacent with some ideas which may not be agreeable in hope to provide a safe environment for his own family. For the patriotic ones who value rights of freedom of press and speech above all else, they exist like the rings of the Olympic logo that link the world to China, reminding it that all are watching and waiting for that moment when tolerance and freedom of speech will be practiced widely and openly in China.


Anonymous said...

Give China a break! It is already trying its best. One step at a time, please!

And don't believe everything you see or read in the news. CNN purposely manipulated a scene which showed Chinese police attacking protestors instead of the other way around!

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with anoynomous. A lot ot western media is very biased and presents a skewed view