» 05/21/2007, 00.00
Thousands planning to bring the Gospel to China during the Olympic Games
Many Protestant groups want to take advantage of easier entry requirements to evangelise in the mainland. Currently, they are organising real training courses in the matter. Other groups however are talking about boycotting the Games if Beijing does not intervene to stop the genocide in the Darfur.
According to Beijing Spielberg is “naïve” and lacking in “common sense”
Controversy with filmmaker continues after he pulled out of the Olympics in protest against Chinese policy towards Darfur. Government defends its action, concerned that international criticism might grow.
State media claim Chinese “disgusted” by Spielberg’s boycott
For the Chinese Embassy in Washington, tying China to the Darfur issue is “unreasonable, irresponsible and unfair.” IOC President Jacques Rogge signs Nobel Prize laureates’ appeal in favour of Darfur. Chinese activists call for greater respect for human rights at home.
For Hu Jintao good propaganda more important than solving problems
President calls on Communist party officials to increase propaganda activities ahead of next summer’s Olympics. The goal is to give the country a positive image, sweeping problems under the carpet. Propaganda Department gears up its censorship functions.
26/02/2008 CHINA - SUDAN
Beijing censures Khartoum on the use of peace forces in Darfur
Unusual criticism from China during a diplomatic mission to Sudan. Beijing confirms its solidarity with the population living in Darfur, and calls the Sudanese government to employ international peacekeeping forces.
10/03/2008 TIBET - CHINA
The march of the Tibetans and Beijing’s’ threats against “separatist terrorism”.
Hundreds of exiled Tibetans set out today for Tibet, in protest against the Beijing Olympics. China prepares itself to battle “against terrorism” which aims to destroy the atmosphere of the Games.
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