The People’s Republic of China will be hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in August when the Chinese Government will hope to impress the world with their flat screen TVs and the uncanny ability of their citizens to bend over backwards in stadiums.
China has come a long way since 67,000 B.C and early China wasn’t even a country but just a group of people trying to figure out how to spell the word civilization in Chinese. The Chinese were always resourceful people and credited with the invention of paper, movable type printing, and hardcover bestsellers. The world has either forgotten, or never knew, the Chinese invented many everyday items such as gunpowder, the crossbow, political speeches and toilet paper. The Chinese astronomer, Shen Kou, was one of the first to theorize that the sun and the moon were spherical and not flat China plates. The early Chinese mathematicians were responsible for developing very large and negative numbers, which has now become extremely popular in describing the economies of many non-Chinese countries.
All is not fun and games with the Beijing Olympics however, and it is already providing dissident groups with the opportunity to have their voices suppressed even further as they protests in orange robes to highlight China’s human rights record. The Chinese Government will no doubt use high-tech batons and tear gas to quell these humans.
China’s economy is either the second or fourth largest in the world and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find consumer items that do not have some Chinese component to it or the words “hecho in China” stamped at the back. Some experts have suggested the Chinese economy is growing too fast and is even overheating but high-level government officials have been quoted as saying “big deal.”
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad will start on August 8th and the official slogan is 同一个世界 同一个梦想. You can also visit www.2008eshop.cn for all your official Olympic merchandising needs.