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Thursday, July 26, 2001

5. LETTERS - Does China meet the criteria for holding the Olympic Games? (FT)

By ANDREW AYERS. 07/16/2001 Financial Times


In your editorial recommending that the International Olympic Committee not
exclude China from the running for the Olympics ("China and the games", July 9),
you say denying Beijing for political reasons "would contradict the thrust of
government policy in much of the world to engage China, not to isolate it".

That is true. But the policy of "engagement" has not worked. China's repression
in Tibet, for example, is escalating, following a "fourth seminar on Tibet
work", which called for intensifying the crackdown on resistance there.

Critics of China's Olympics bid seek truly constructive engagement with China's
government. This means rewarding Beijing for civilised behaviour and, when it
brutalises Tibetans (and its own people), refusing to let it serve as a symbol
of peace and international harmony.

As is often noted, the people of China seem truly to want the games and they are
not to blame for their government's sins. But Article 2 of the Olympic Charter
says, "Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on ... respect for universal
fundamental ethical principles."

Repression and military occupation do not fit this bill.

Andrew Ayers Chair, Students for a Free Tibet 735 East 9th Street New York, NY,

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  1. Dalai Lama slams Lhasa rail link (
  2. Tough Call: Beijing Olympics (CNNfn)
  3. Powell: Human rights issues hurt China's standing in world (AP)
  4. Beastie Boys, Pulp, ... Set For London's Tibetan Freedom Concert (ASN)
  5. LETTERS - Does China meet the criteria for holding the Olympic Games? (FT)

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