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China's Policy Headaches: Potential Real Trouble Before the Summer Olympics

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China coveted and then won the opportunity to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Now Hu Jintao and his communist government of China face a long series of hurdles they never quite anticipated: scandals and potential policy disasters that are being exposed by journalists eager to learn more about the People’s Republic of China.  And they are looking over The Great Wall of China harder and longer than ever before.

Surviving all the prying eyes of the international corps of journalists – every one of which is interested in leaning more about China before and during these Olympics – may prove as difficult for China as building all the venues and encouraging the Chinese population to behave in a way westerners can tolerate.

Already China has relented somewhat on the issue of Darfur; where the genocide and murder of ethnic Christian Africans by the ethnic Muslim Arabs in charge of Sudan is taking place.  China has turned a blind eye to these atrocities for years but just last week convinced President General Omar Bashir of Sudan to accept peacekeepers.  The situation remains grave and deserves careful observation.  On the situation in Darfur, add to international pressure on Sudan and China
Hollywood stars already referring to Beijing 2008 as the “Genocide Games.”

Can China continue to ignore Sudan’s abuses in Darfur?
 Tibet is another giant black eye for China’s pre-Olympics public relations machine to hurdle.  We have a special report from Mort Kondracke of the Fox News Channel and Roll Call.

A looming scandal for China is the accusation that China is supplying arms and ammunition to Iran which is turning those supplies over to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorists.  The end result, if the accusation is true, is that Chinese weapons are being used to kill and maim Americans.  Not good for PR at all before a big international love in.

A slave labor scandal erupted in China during May and intensified in June.  As more and more of these wretched souls are found and liberated, the questions for the communist Chinese government mount.  The China Youth Daily called the slavery a “shocking disgrace.”  How long has this practice been allowed to persist and who in China’s government is responsible for looking the other way this time?  The human suffering is immense and we have a report.

The slavery scandal overshadows a previously discovered child labor scandal.  Reporters found 14 year olds working 14 hours a day with meager pay to make “Beijing Olympic 2008” memorabilia.  You still want to buy an Olympic jacket?

According to estimates based on energy data provided by China, China is on course to overtake the United States this year as the world’s biggest carbon dioxide producer. And in China more than 70 percent of the waterways and 90 percent of the underground water is polluted.  Before the year is out: China will be the world’s biggest producer of WalMart goods and pollution.  Global Warming will soon be just one more thing China excels at!

Copyrights, trademarks and other legal measures that prevent the theft or exploitation of finished work are violated by counterfeiters or pirates more in China than in any other corner of the world.  In fact, China accounted for about 80 percent of all shipments of counterfeit goods seized at U.S. ports last year.  China is “world class” at illegal exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights. This costs artists, producers and others in the United States billions of dollars each year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turns back about 10 shipments of food and other consumable products like toothpaste sent from China every day.  Most of the rejected products are found to contain poisons, toxins, bacteria or other substances harmful to the intended customers.  And the FDA is only able to inspect about 1% of the goods bound for U.S. Markets.  We’ll discuss the food safety emergency China has placed on the doorstep of the United States.

We have concluded that China has a “Culture of Corruption” and a dishonest way of dealing with crises that affect China on the international stage.  We’ll delve into both.

Visit us at Peace and Freedom and at least skim though “Chinese Government Staff: ‘Happy News President Hu Jintao; We Ready for Happy Time Olympics!’”

Our prediction is that by October of 2008, Hu Jintao will stand in the pantheon of Chinese political heroes. Or he will be known as the President of China who was fool enough to open the door, at least a crack, to thousands of journalists: each seeking a “scoop.”

Link to:

Chinese Government Staff: “Happy News President Hu Jintao; We Ready For Happy Time Olympics!”

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John E. Carey is the former president of International Defense Consultants, Inc.
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