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"Economist Debate: The Beijing Olympics will allow China to fool the world"

Will the Beijing Olympics be a milestone on China's path to modernisation, or simply a smokescreen?

Next year's Olympics will open China to outside scrutiny as never before. But what changes will that bring? Will it mean freer media and faster political reform, or will the changes be merely cosmetic? The Chinese authorities hope a glittering games and advanced urban infrastructure will permanently change the outside world's view of the country. But will that obscure the true picture of pollution, oppression and corruption? Will the games be a milestone on China's path to modernisation, or a smokescreen, enabling the authoritarian one-party state regime bequeathed by Mao to dodge still further the questions that threaten its existence.


Mr Simon Long | talks
Mr Mark Allison | talks
Ms Xuan Li | talks
Mr David Smith | talks


Date and Time:

29 November 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
0207 354 8888

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The Economist
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