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The moon, Mars and the return of strongman rule: How China has changed since the 2008 Olympics

AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementChina has changed in many ways since the 2008 Games, which were widely seen as its coming-out party. The developing nation has become a full-fledged world power, reached the moon and Mars, and launched its first aircraft carrier. It has experienced dramatic societal transformations, including a return to strongman rule. Here are…

Olympic athletes urged by activists not to criticize China

ADVERTISEMENT1 of 3Student activists wear masks with the colors of the pro-independence East Turkistan flag during a rally to protest the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Dozens of students staged the rally demanding the cancellation of the Beijing Olympics over alleged human rights violations…

Olympic athletes urged by activists not to criticize China

GENEVA — Athletes at the Beijing Olympics were urged by human rights activists Tuesday to avoid criticizing China because they could be prosecuted.The International Olympic Committee has said athletes will have freedom of speech at next month’s Winter Games when speaking to journalists or posting on social media. However, the Olympic Charter rule that prohibits…