Ahead of the Olympic Games, Excitement and Fear in Beijing

Ahead of the Olympic Games, Excitement and Fear in Beijing

BEIJING — In Athens, four years ago this week, Greek officials were still scurrying to put the final touches on sporting venues and other civil infrastructure that had been constructed for the games. China’s Olympic infrastructure has been ready for much longer, yet Chinese officials are still in panic mode: With just hours to go before the opening ceremony, Beijing’s notorious pollution clouds refuse to budge, and Chinese Communist Party officials remain on edge about displays of political dissent. In Athens, where I covered the event for the BBC, at the conclusion of two stimulating weeks of competition, the after-hours […]

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