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China's Olympic Nightmare

Authors: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, and Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program
July/August 2008
Foreign Affairs

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The 2008 Olympics were meant to be China's global coming-out party. But on the eve of the Games, Beijing finds itself beset by internal protests and international condemnation on issues ranging from Darfur and Tibet to air pollution and food safety. If these challenges cannot be peacefully and successfully addressed, China risks losing its credibility as a global leader.

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