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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

The Chinese are being silenced by their government for the Summer 2008 Olympic games.

Quote from UN report:
NGOs face challenges operating in China
Nongovernmental organizations working in such areas as environment, health and social welfare are feeling the heat from Chinese authorities in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Some nongovernmental organizations have been closed down and individuals have been placed under house arrest.

UN approved news report:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1206/p01s06-woap.html

Will this effect your decision about whether to go to China at this time?
Will u boycott china/ the olympic games in protest?

Mel

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

I am not sure why this was moved from the Asia forum to here. China is in Asia.
Anyway, no big deal I suppose. (Mel shrugs)

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2008, at 9:45 AM by Mel. ]

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

I moved it from Asia to Off Topic because the topic this thread is more about political than travelling in China.

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

I ALWAYS loved to go to China.
I may not go for this Int. Cometition, but for sure I will go one day VERY SOON.

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

Will this effect your decision about whether to go to China at this time?

No. China has always had a questionable human rights record so reports about harassment of NGOs doesn't surprise me.

I had to laugh at the reports of Steven Spielberg pulling out as artisitc advisor to the Olympics in protest at their lack of pressure on Sudan with regard to the Darfur conflict. Perhaps he hadn't heard about it until his appointment.

6. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Mel.

Will this effect your decision about whether to go to China at this time?

No. China has always had a questionable human rights record so reports about harassment of NGOs doesn't surprise me.

Agree. And you can always find fault with every and any country in the world.

I wouldn't go during the games though, simply cos things will be exorbitant and I can't imagine the crowds in Beijing then...there're already so many residents there!!!!

On a separate note, I'm counting down to next Thu, cos the host of the first Youth Olympics will be announced then. It's Singapore vs Moscow for the spot! Crossin' fingers and toes

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting sapphyre

I wouldn't go during the games though, simply cos things will be exorbitant and I can't imagine the crowds in Beijing then...there're already so many residents there!!!!

On a separate note, I'm counting down to next Thu, cos the host of the first Youth Olympics will be announced then. It's Singapore vs Moscow for the spot! Crossin' fingers and toes

Thats one reason i wont be going to China this year... Its the cost. But China is really getting more expensive by the year...

i think the Chinese government are slowly realising that they can no longer abuse human rights and expect to get away with it.

Heres hoping that Singapore gets the Youth Olympics hosting rights Anyone going to the night race this year by the way?

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I'm not a great believer in staying away from countries because you don't agree with their human rights record - better relations and increased understanding have always paid higher dividends in changing countries' behaviour, if anything.

9. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Agreed. Just my opinion - They have more to lose in terms of trade and international investments if we engage them instead of allowing them to pursue a policy of isolationism or alienating them.

This definitely allows more leverage in terms of negotiations -eg Burma is more influenced by key investors than Uncle Sam, say. and China is responding to global pressures because it has understood from past experience that it cannot progress with isolationism.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

But what makes the leverage and negotiating power effective?
We in the democratic countries must pressure our governments. We have our own greedy corrupt leaders who wont use this leverage for anything except their own gain unless we use our democratic freedom and rights to say we want it.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 18, 2008, at 1:55 AM by Mel. ]