For the Chinese government and the vast majority of its citizens, China’s remarkably smooth hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing symbolized that the country had achieved its modern national goals: wealth and power. (See Special Report.) On the one hand, the Olympics were held as China celebrated the 30th anniversary of the beginning of reform and opening up that had helped to create much of the country’s wealth, while on the other, the Games were viewed as marking the end of what official Chinese history referred to as China’s “national humiliation” at the hands of ... (100 of 2720 words)
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