China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges
With contributions from some of the most well respected and experienced Chinese writers, journalists, and organizers, China's Great Leap examines the People's Republic of China as its government and 1.3 billion people prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games. When Beijing first sought the Games, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. Today, China wants to engage with the outside world--while fully controlling the engagement. How will the new leaders in Beijing manage the Olympic process and the internal and external pressures for reform it creates? China's Great Leap will illuminate China's recent history and outline how domestic and international pressures in the context of the Olympics could achieve human rights change. Learn about key areas for human rights reform and how the Olympics could represent a possible great leap forward for the people of China and for the world.
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Chinese workers are dying every single day in China, from industrial accidents and work-related illness. Most cannot afford decent medical treatment and have to suffer further from breathing polluted air, drinking polluted water and eating contaminated food. While the supreme health and fitness of the elite will be celebrated during the Olympics, the overall health of the nation is not advancing. There are state-of-the-art sporting facilities all over China—private gyms, swimming pools, tennis
its image. This was a crucial factor, in light of China’s dismal record in human rights, including freedom of speech. Behind such devotion to winning the bid was the fear of losing again. The 2008 Olympics will be the most important event staged by the Chinese Communist Party since Hu Jintao’s accession to power in November 2002. For Hu, the opportunity to host the Olympics is even more important than the 17th Congress of the Central Party Committee which took place in October 2007. No matter
with alarm to its growing international presence, highlighting what they describe as its preference for doing business with abusive and autocratic governments like itself, its export of hazardous toys and tainted medicines, and its rapacious quest for energy resources across the defenseless developing world. Chinese officials paint a very different picture, describing their foreign policy as a “process of forging [China’s] destiny with the international community in a closer and more genuine
particularly in countries with serious human rights issues, would also be a significant improvement. China could also articulate the conditions under which it will set aside its insistence on sovereignty and noninterference, particularly with respect to human rights crises. Some argue persuasively that by ratifying legally binding international human rights treaties, China’s obligations are clear.1 When in 2005 it signed up to the “responsibility to protect” at the UN, China agreed that member