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Heti Válasz - Hungary | 09/08/2012

Olympics a political issue for US and China

For the US and China the Olympic Games are a matter of political prestige, writes the conservative weekly newspaper Heti Válasz: "China sees itself as a superpower, and that's the image it wants to convey of itself at the Olympics as well. And once the Chinese have got an idea in their heads, sooner or later it will become reality. China's first participation in the summer Olympics after 1952 came in 1984. That's when the Chinese started wanting to become the most successful sporting nation. Which they did. ... At the home Olympic Games in Beijing four years ago China won the most gold medals by a long shot (51). ... The number of gold medals won is also a matter of political relevance: this year will see elections in the US, while in China the political leadership is facing the obligatory generation change that takes place once every ten years. At such times the public mood in both countries is anything but irrelevant."

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