» 02/14/2008, 00.00
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.
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.
For Beijing Spielberg not considering China’s “positive role” in Sudan
In its first official response, Beijing states that the filmmaker’s pullout was “regrettable,” claiming that it is playing a positive role in Sudan. US President Bush confirms that he will attend the Olympics. British paper retracts article saying that IOC boss Rogge signed a letter critical of China.
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.
Beijing, partial u-turn on internet censorship
As of yesterday some sites are accessible. Among these the BBC, Wikipedia and Amnesty International. But the liberalisation is valid only for the Olympic village and its press centre. The foreign press association demands transparency from the International Olympics Committee, accused of connivance with Chinese censors. Hu Jintao: Do not politicise the Olympics.
11/04/2008 CINA – UNITED NATIONS – TIBET
Ban Ki-moon staying away from Olympic Opening Ceremony
The European Union and the United States are urging dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Kenya’s Nobel Prize laureate Wangari Maathai refuses to carry the Olympic torch. Non violent protests are expected in Buenos Aires. China tells Rogge it will not discuss human rights.
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