Articles by: Charles Xu

How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

The history of the Olympic Games shows both the struggle by China and the Global South to be accepted by the U.S. and other imperialist nations, as well as alternative models to it. In the early 1990s, barely a decade after rejoining the Olympic movement, Beijing launched a bid to host the 2000 Games. Unfortunately by then, U.S. policy had begun to[Read More…]

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China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

Only through the lens of history can we understand why China fought so hard for a place in the Olympics on its own terms: to heal the scars of both exploitative Western colonialism and civil war. Much has been made of the “diplomatic boycott” by the United States and its allies of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. But what much of the[Read More…]

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The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Which human rights matter enough to put politics above sports? For decades, the United States and its European allies have gotten to decide the answer at their convenience. On February 4, the 2022 Winter Olympics are set to open in Beijing. With this, the Chinese capital will become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Games.[Read More…]

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