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Old 01-02-2008, 09:17 PM
 
Location: I live in Ronan, MT but am stationed in Virginia Beach
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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The government of China is accustomed to pulling things off in orchestrated, almost ritualistic ceremonies. They will likely not be able to assert that kind of control over the Olympics and the hoopla that surrounds them. The potential, at least, for a glaring faux pas that sets the country back by 20 years on the world stage is certainly there. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, quite apart from any of the athletic competitions...

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Old 01-02-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: I live in Ronan, MT but am stationed in Virginia Beach
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The government of China is accustomed to pulling things off in orchestrated, almost ritualistic ceremonies. They will likely not be able to assert that kind of control over the Olympics and the hoopla that surrounds them. The potential, at least, for a glaring faux pas that sets the contry back by 20 years on the world stage is certainly there. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, quite apart from any of the athletic competitions...
I agree with you on that, we are americans and we will kick ass!
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:55 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I can't even bring myself to watch the Olympics this year. This is the country that ran over its own citizens for expressing an interest in democracy (and has continued to put down revolts by its own people).
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:56 PM
 
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I don't remember where I read it, but I read somewhere the Chinese were going to shut down their factories and restrict vehicle traffic in Beijing for a couple weeks before the games start, just to clear out the pollution.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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China has a lot of problems, but overall they are moving in a positive direction. They have a rapidly expanding middle class, with a severe orientation towards urban population centers, and this should allow them to better manage energy needs over the long term.

They have a long way to go, but I see them making a little progress every year. They have some significant screwups and insecurities, but they make two steps forward for each step back.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Maine
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China is already a super power.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:19 PM
 
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While I would never consider China a paper tiger, I do believe it is far more vulnerable than most folks would suggest. Population is both a blessing and a curse, and this is one thing that China has a lot of. China imports a great deal of its food and is importing large amounts of that black crack the west so loves, oil. Any time a nation, especially one with so many people is so reliant upon imports of energy and food, this can never be a good thing in the long term. Will China's ability to feed and fuel itself be satisfied before something serious befalls them, who knows.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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China and Russia are going to evolve into an "interesting" relationship.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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Um, no. Not yet.

10 years from now? Perhaps. 2008? No. Just another liberal wet dream about the fall of America. Will America fall? Yup. 10 years from now? Maybe. In 2008? Fraid not.
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