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China just wants to have fun.

12 Sep

Oh shocker China opposes linking Games to Darfur issue.

UNITED NATIONS — China staunchly opposes the linkage between the Olympic Games and the Darfur issue, said Liu Guijin, the Chinese government’s special representative for Darfur, on Tuesday.

“The Olympic Games and (the issue of) Darfur are totally irrelevant,” Liu told reporters at the UN Headquarters.

Non-politicization is one of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Games, which is a great event to be hosted by China for the people around the world, he said.

China staunchly opposes the linkage between the Olympic Games and the Darfur issue, but at the same time “we are not afraid that some people might try to link these two events because they will never be able to achieve,” he said.

“We are very confident that we will be able to have a very good and very high-level Olympic Games,” the Chinese envoy added.

Yes, lets forget an ongoing travesty we are partially responsible for due to the money we pour into the tyrannical governement of Sudan, not to mention our own history of human rights violations, and lets just have some good old sporting fun.

This, while the Olympic Dream for Darfur team is encouraging China to engage Sudan in serious talks to end the madness in Darfur. Director Jill Savitt questions how China can uphold its international image as Olympics host while extending political cover and economic support to help Sudan finance militia attacks against thousands of its own citizens. She suggests not a full out boycott, but would like to see China exert some influence and pressure on the Sundanese government.

Olympic Dream for Darfur asks the question we should all be asking. How can China uphold its international image as Olympics host, while extending political cover and economic support to help Sudan finance militia attacks against thousands of its own citizens.

This campaign, although seemingly logical, is much the same as not believing in the war in Iraq but funding it fully. It is better than nothing, and may be the only way to exert any influence at all. My question is why would a country who has been supplying arms to and trading with Sudan, a country which stands to profit from years of fertilizing their holdings there, do anything but provide the world with a token effort in influence?

A total boycott would be the best shot at really making China do way more than they are ultimately going to do in this situation.

Again at this point in time we are grasping at straws, hoping that China exerts a measure of influence which will be temporary at best.

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8 Comments

Posted by on September 12, 2007 in Bookmarks, China, genocide

 

8 responses to “China just wants to have fun.

  1. ilovemylife

    September 12, 2007 at 1:42 am

    The theme chosen by China for the 2008 Summer Olympics is ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM. That includes Darfur. Moral corruption is rampant.

     
  2. IrishSpacemonk

    September 12, 2007 at 8:42 am

    China sounds a lot like our own home-grown States of America. No connection between wealth and impoverished nations, emissions and climate change, war and occupation of nations and terrorism.

    While I understand the call for a full boycott, we have to consider the athletes (meaning the sponsors of the athletes like Nike, Adidas, etc), and the millions they might loose from a smaller audience. (No sarcasm intended.)

     
  3. cooper

    September 12, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    You will excuse me if I don’t exactly cry for athletes.
    I realize Joey Cheek is also not calling for a boycott preferring instead to allow them to play and use the publicity as a platform, but we are speaking of something to which the word urgency is always applied. It is like this is becoming a business. Urgency is a word that people seem to put out there and then ignore. No, we need to boycott and we should have done it immediately in order to get immediate action. They didn’t and that is just another brick in the wall my friend.

    As has been stated here and above, why on earth China was allowed to take this Olympic is beyond me.

     
  4. Yobachi

    September 12, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Screw Nike and their millions, no we don’t have to consider that super rich people will be smidge less rich.

    I would feel sorry for the athletes though, who’s hearts are wrapped up in this dream; and have put forth a lot of work and withstood a lot of pain to get to the olympics. Yet, I feel way more sorry for people being slaughtered, and the two just don’t compare.

    What about a campaign to try to get people who are spectators not to go to china for the olympics. That will cause China some financial pain, and the campaing itself would garner a good amount publicity towards the issue.

     
  5. li.jia-nan

    September 13, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Glad to see how people around the world look on China.The 2008 Olympic Games to be hold in China is a good opportunity for us Chinese to get used to the entire world’s heartbeat, also a good chance for people located at the other parts of the earth have a good look at what China is like, what Chinese is gonna be pursue.
    Nice to meet you, hope for deep talk with you 🙂
    I’m from China, my name is li.jia-nan 🙂

     
  6. li.jia-nan

    September 13, 2007 at 8:17 am

    I’m afraid to see the details on what’s happening to Sudan.If I can represent China Govenment, I’d like to fight for the victim and help to maintain the balance in the country.

     
  7. raqqash

    September 15, 2007 at 5:57 am

    Hello and greetings, it is good to find someone else that worries about Darfur.
    Big hugs and hope to read you again:-)

     
  8. Miss Ladybug

    September 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for doing such a good deed in getting the word out there about this horrible disaster. You are truly doing good speaking for those who don’t have a forum.

     

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