If the Olympic torch relay is any indication, China faces a political firestorm as host of the 2008 Summer Games. The torch relay carriers were confronted by protesters in London Sunday and in Paris Monday, where police had to extinguish the flame several times to safeguard it from crowds protesting Chinaâ€™s invasion of Tibet and its human rights abuses.
China hopes the Olympics will burnish its rising stature as a world power, but the games already are turning into a public relations nightmare for China by showcasing the countryâ€™s human rights abuses.
True, the games should be about sports, but theyâ€™re also unavoidably wrapped up in global politics and prestige.
China is richly deserving of the protests.
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