posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 12:03 AM
Olympic anti-China conspiracy afoot? Some Chinese think so
“Anger grows over alleged Olympic bias,” blared the front page of China’s government-owned Global Times on Wednesday. The People’s Daily
blamed such results on a “hysterical” and “paranoid” fear of China.
It may seem like sour grapes to the West, but the conspiracy theories reflect an increasingly common line taken by Chinese leaders that Western powers
are trying to contain China even as its status as a world power rises.
That's some conspiracy... claiming that China is losing medals because of Western powers are trying to contain China's power status. I didn't know
that the Olympics is the measure in which countries are assessed, as to their position in the world. Although, I can see some truth in that... but
that only goes so far.
“This is not an overreaction, because those abroad keep saying things about China, so China has a right to say something back,” said Tao Wenzhao,
a U.S.-China relations expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who said many foreign commentators, including those in the United States,
have been biased against China.
Ahh... the conspiracy version of "They started it!"
Then there was the badminton match-fixing scandal in which eight players were expelled, including the Chinese doubles champions, for throwing early
bouts in an effort to ensure easier matches down the line.
To be honest... I don't see a problem with this. I once participated in a national(was international, considering Japan and Canada were
represented)... my team totally sandbagged the first couple matches, to be put into the losers bracket. That's when we had easy sailing, defeating
everyone in the losers bracket, then found ourselves competing for 3rd place out of 1200+ teams... It's called tactics, and I see nothing wrong with
While the government may try to rally the people with nationalist sentiments and cast aspersions on other countries’ motives, times have changed,
noted Hu Xingdou, an economics professor at Beijing University of Technology.
“The government can’t use the old ways of propaganda, and China can’t create a better image for itself simply by winning more gold medals,” he
Many in China are criticizing its sports system, he said, because it uses tremendous sums of money, an often life- and career-crushing selection
process, and sometimes cruelly intensive training to churn out its champions.
“When the average life span in China, its medical system and its people’s overall health overtakes the West, that will be a more powerful proof
than any Olympic champion,” he said.
China does a good enough job themselves, in regards to negative feedback from the rest of the world... civil liberties, their economic model, and tons
of other aspects. I don't think the Olympics is going to paint a better picture of them... from simply winning at a sporting event?
These people are ___insert word here___!