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  • As the mobile communication partner for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China Mobile will provide mobile communication network and service to the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, BOCOG, COC and the Chinese delegations that will participate the 2006 Torino Winter Games and 2008 Olympic Games.<a href="#hdng0">(More...)</a>

  • The XXIXth Olympic Summer Games and the Beijing Paralympic Summer Games will take place from August 8-24, 2008, and September 6-17, 2008, respectively.<a href="#hdng1">(More...)</a>

  • I believe the International Olympic Committee made a mistake in awarding the 2008 Summer games to China, and I sponsored a Congressional resolution expressing that view at the time.<a href="#hdng2">(More...)</a>



<a name="hdng0"></a>As the mobile communication partner for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China Mobile will provide mobile communication network and service to the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, BOCOG, COC and the Chinese delegations that will participate the 2006 Torino Winter Games and 2008 Olympic Games. <a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Air China signed the partnership agreement with BOCOG on August 4, 2004 and will provide air passenger transportation services to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Atos Origin, a leading global IT Services Company, is gearing up for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where it will manage a vast information Technology (IT) system.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> As one of the major sports events in Asia, China Tennis Cup will become a significant asset for the preparations of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The National Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 'bird's nest', has temporarily ceased construction since July 30.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Samsung Electronics is beginning to make preparations for it marketing campaign for the Torino Winter Olympic Games in 2006. After March, 2006 they will shift all resources to the 2008 Beijing Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

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<a name="hdng1"></a>The XXIXth Olympic Summer Games and the Beijing Paralympic Summer Games will take place from August 8-24, 2008, and September 6-17, 2008, respectively. <a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> The report, " Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games," is available online.<a href="http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

China has also shown that the 2008 Beijing Olympics is a unique leverage point, and many credit China's recent emerging, positive efforts on Darfur to the "Genocide Olympics" campaign. In the coming weeks and months, as you meet with top officials from the major Beijing Olympic corporate sponsors, I encourage you to discuss how their company can use their contacts and connections with Chinese officials - either publicly or privately - to help bring an end to this conflict.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

The U.S. Embassy's Beijing Olympics website <a href="http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/2008olympics.html">Beijing Olympics website</a> and the CDC travelers' health <a href="http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx">CDC travelers’ health</a> website provide additional information to American citizens planning to travel to China or Hong Kong SAR to see or participate in the Games. Many U.S. citizens will be traveling to the Olympics this summer.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 29th Olympiad Games (BOCOG) <a href="http://en.beijing2008.cn/">Beijing Organizing Committee for the 29th Olympiad Games opnbrktBOCOGclsbrkt</a> website provides additional information on the XXIXth Olympic Summer Games, including information on hotel accommodations, tickets, transportation, and advice for spectators. Please see the Beijing Paralympic Summer Games website <a href="http://en.beijing2008.cn/paralympic">Beijing Paralympic Summer Games website</a> for information regarding those games.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

When you depart China to return home, your visa may be checked and a fine imposed for an overstay. Since the 2008 Olympic Games will be held in various cities throughout China and Hong Kong SAR, contact information for all the U.S. Consulates General in China, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR, and the U.S. Embassy Beijing are listed at the end of this information sheet.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

As partner of BOCOG, Bank of China will provide plenty funding, financial products and related services to Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, BOCOG, COC and the Chinese delegations that will participate the 2006 Torino Winter Games and 2008 Olympic Games. It will assist BOCOG with cash receipt and payment, asset management and exchange rate risk-void measures.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> On July 14, BOCOG signed the contract with Bank of China, which officially became the banking partner of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The closing ceremony of the Festival was held at China Century Altar on July 13, the day on which Beijing won the bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Beijing Olympic organizers pledged that suspended construction work on projects for the 2008 Games would soon be resumed.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The 2nd Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival officially started on June 23, 2004. A variety of cultural activities were held during the three-week long celebration, such as the Olympic knowledge contest, Olympic exhibitions, forums, cultural shows and sports activities.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The Beijing Paralympic emblem is consistent with the Beijing 2008 Olympic emblem in style and cultural elements.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

On the date of the third anniversary of Beijing's successful bid of the 2008 Olympic Games, July 13, 2004, the construction work of the Beijing Shooting Range officially started.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

There is a real opportunity here for companies to be "responsible sponsors" of the Olympic Games and to help fulfill the theme of the 2008 Beijing Games, "One World, One Dream" for the men, women, and children of Darfur.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Washington -- The 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China will be covered by a vanguard of what are called "citizen journalists" -- people who use technology like cell phones, text messaging and instant messaging to go beyond the traditional ways of reporting the news.<a href="http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Through years of hard work, China won the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. It was a great accomplishment for the Chinese people following China's successful entry into the World Trade Organization.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> The Chinese central government and the municipal government of Beijing are very committed to making the 2008 Olympic games the best ever. They will invest close to $26 billion (U.S.) to make this happen. As the Executive Vice President of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 29th Olympic Games, Vice Mayor Liu is among those working the hardest to make sure these games are a success. It is now my pleasure to introduce Vice Mayor Liu Jingmin. Thank you, Vice Mayor Liu.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> We are also looking forward to working with Vice Mayor Liu and other Chinese officials to make the 2008 Olympics in Beijing the best Olympic games ever! Thank You.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a>

Vice Mayor Liu graciously accepted my invitation to come to Washington to talk directly with companies in our state that are interested in helping Beijing prepare for the 2008 Olympics. We are the only state in the nation hosting a seminar like this.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> As Beijing prepares for the Summer Games in August, 2008, activists around the world are planning to take China to task over issues ranging from the Dalai Lama to Darfur.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

On July 12, 2001, the state-run China Daily reported that Wang Wei, Secretary General of the Beijing Olympic bid committee, said, "We are confident that the Games coming to China not only promotes our economy, but also enhances all social conditions, including education, health and human rights." These words could not have been clearer. Human rights and the 2008 Olympics were linked before Beijing was awarded the Games, and China itself linked them.<a href="http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a> In the days before the International Olympic Committee voted to select Beijing as the site of the 2008 Olympics, there was consideration of human rights and related issues, as had been the case in previous deliberations about appropriate sites for the Olympics.<a href="http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a>

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<a name="hdng2"></a>I believe the International Olympic Committee made a mistake in awarding the 2008 Summer games to China, and I sponsored a Congressional resolution expressing that view at the time. <a href="http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a>

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  • Beijing Shooting Range is a newly built Olympic venue under the responsibility of State General Administration of Sports of PR China, covering 45645 sq. m with 9000 seats.<a href="#hdng3">(More...)</a>

  • If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing <a href="http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/index.html">U.S. Embassy in Beijing</a> or one of our U.S. Consulates General in China <a href="http://www.usembassy-china.org.cn/beijing/consulate-map.html">U.S. Consulates General in China</a> or Hong Kong SAR <a href="http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/">Hong Kong SAR</a> before continuing your travel abroad or returning to the United States.<a href="#hdng4">(More...)</a>

  • The modeling study has been widely cited by Chinese policy makers, including the Beijing mayor, in requesting the government to implement unprecedented regional control programs to ensure that the air quality goals for 2008 will be met in Beijing.<a href="#hdng5">(More...)</a>

  • Just in the last few weeks, China has detained individuals who have mentioned the Olympics when speaking out for human rights.<a href="#hdng6">(More...)</a>



<a name="hdng3"></a>Beijing Shooting Range is a newly built Olympic venue under the responsibility of State General Administration of Sports of PR China, covering 45645 sq. m with 9000 seats. The Architectural Design Institute of Qinghua University accomplished the design for Beijing Shooting Range, Beijing Zhonglianhuan Construction Supervision Co is the supervisor of its construction, and the general contractor for construction is China Construction Bureau 2nd Department. <a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Bank of China will provide safe and convenient payment solutions and services in and outside of China for the Chinese delegation, the athletes, spectators and visitors. It will also provide financial services to Beijing Olympic venues and associate facilities construction as well as urban infrastructure construction.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Samsun Electronics will also co-operate with Chinese sponsors in Sports marketing for the Olympics. They haveconducted some exchanges with the Chinese computer maker Lenove Group, the first Top Sponsor from China in computing equipment for Beijing Olympics.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Not long ago Beijing put forward the notion of 'being thrifty on the Olympic Games' in order to reduce cost and promote efficiency, and integrate the construction of the Olympic projects with the overall planning and long-term development of Beijing. The temporary stand of the construction of the 'bird's nest' for adjustment was made under this background.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The growing expenditure on the Olympic projects has largely exceeded the budget, which has brought high attention of the central government and Beijing city.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The National Swimming Center is located in the Beijing Olympic Park. Its funding comes from the donation of domestic and overseas Chinese.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> When Australian Architect PTW won the contract to design a swimming center for Beijing Olympics, the firm was ecstatic.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Qingdao Olympic Sailing Organizing Committee organized rich cultural events to correspond to the Beijing Festival.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The event will be held in the newly built Beijing Tennis Center from September 10 to 26. Emma Ticketing Co was jointly set up by Xiaohongmao Co under Beijing Youth Daily Group and Emma Entertainment Co. Sun Kanglin, Secretary of the Organizing Committee of China Tennis Cup, said that the cooperation between China Tennis Cup and Emma was a good news to the tennis fans because they would enjoy the professional and convenient services of Emma.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The general contract for the architectural installation project of the National Swimming Center was signed on July 17, 2004 in Beijing Hotel. The owner is Beijing State Asset Management Co and the contractor is the China Construction Development Co Bureau 1.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Beijing Sports Administration is working together with Beijing Technical Monitoring Bureau on drafting general guidelines on sports entertainment business operations for the convenience of enterprises in the sports business.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The completion of Beijing Tennis Center was originally scheduled at July 15, but now the date is set at August 20.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> President of International Paralympic Committee Mr Philip Craven praised that the Beijing Paralympic emblem fully displayed the Chinese culture and was a perfect combination of the Chinese culture and the spirit of IPC.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

For China specific information please see QBPC - Quality Brands Protection Committee - China <a href="http://www.qbpc.org.cn/">QBPC - Quality Brands Protection Committee - China</a>. Ticket Scams : Those interested in purchasing tickets to the Olympics Games should make sure that they order their tickets from the official Beijing Olympics website <a href="http://en.beijing2008.cn/">Beijing Olympics website</a> or in the United States through CoSport <a href="http://www.cosport.com/">CoSport</a>, the designated sales agent.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> To date, Beijing Olympic organizers have established one approved private guard company during the Olympics to provide security services, Beijing Security Service General Company.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Due to the increased access restrictions around Beijing during the Olympics, the Mission recommends the use of expeditors and/or Chinese chauffeurs to assist the movements of VIPs.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> However an attempt to create an explosion on a passenger plane in flight from western China's Xinjiang Province to Beijing in early March is a good example of how potentially dangerous events can occur in the run-up to the Olympics.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

U.S. citizens planning travel to China should regularly check www.travel.state.gov www.travel.state.gov for updated travel warnings, alerts or cautions. U.S. citizens planning to attend Olympic events or to participate in any large-scale public gatherings during the Olympic Games are advised to use caution and to be alert to their surroundings at all times.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Please review carefully the information presented here. THREAT LEVELS : Any large-scale public event such as the upcoming Olympic Games may present terrorists with an attractive target. There is no reason to believe that U.S. citizens are being targeted at this time.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> The latest survey released by Lingdian Research Network Co. shows that nearly 80% of Chinese have a favorable opinion towards the enterprises that sponsor the Olympic Games, and 75.1% are more inclined to buy products or services branded with the Olympic emblem.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The survey discovers that Chinese people regard IT and food & drinks the most suitable industries to sponsor the Olympic Games, the rest are the telecommunications and the automobile industries.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Most people wish to see more Chinese enterprises sponsoring the Olympic Games.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

China intent on avoiding Greece"s embarrassing last-minute scramble, is on a spending spree far in advance of the 2008 Olympics, with toilets a significant part of the planning.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Shenyang Wulihe Stadium is one of the venues for the 2008 Olympic Games football competition.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Wei said that the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games left a great number of the stadiums and venues unused. We should learn their lesson and reduce wastes of resources. We have gladly seen that BOCOG is both saving cost and seeking funding through market channels.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

According to an official of Shenzhen Sports Administration, Shenzhen is bidding to host an important sports game that will be held in 2011, which is one of the reasons to build the Olympic sports center.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> According to the latest Shenzhen Government Report, Shenzhen Municipal Government has already set up the leadership for the construction of the Olympic sports center.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Construction experts claim that the plan will difficult to realize and is expected to consume a massive 50,000 tons of iron and steel. Another stadium, the Wukesong Cultural and sports Center, which is slated to host the Olympics basketball competition, also drew criticism form experts. They claimed what will be the world"s biggest television screen which will cover the entire surface of the stadium, might cause light pollution and make it hard for surrounding residents to sleep at night.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Owing ballooning cost estimates, the temporary halt of construction is to allow time for design adjustments of the major Olympic projects; the 'bird's nest', the National Swimming Center and the Wukesong Sports and Culture Center.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The estimated space for the Olympic sports center is 1 sq. km and the location will be selected out of Nanshan and Longgang Districts.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Among the 79.9% of people who are more favorable of the Olympic sponsoring companies, 87.7% are between 18 and 25 years old.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> People between 18-25 years and 36-45 years are most enthusiastic to choose products or services associated with the Olympics.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The construction of a couple of main venues for the 2008 Games including the National Stadium which will host the opening, closing ceremonies and football finals, has halted, raising nationwide speculation that the original designs for the venues are too much for the organizers to handle. The stadium dubbed the "Bird Nest" for its nest-like outlook, is jointly designed by Swiss company Herzog and de Meuron Architects and the China Design and Architecture Institute.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In 2008, China Mobile users will likely be able to view matches on mobile phones, Mr Lu Xiangdong, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Communications Group, disclosed to the media after the company signed the partnership agreement with BOCOG on July 21,2004.<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

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<a name="hdng4"></a>If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing <a href="http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/index.html">U.S. Embassy in Beijing</a> or one of our U.S. Consulates General in China <a href="http://www.usembassy-china.org.cn/beijing/consulate-map.html">U.S. Consulates General in China</a> or Hong Kong SAR <a href="http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/">Hong Kong SAR</a> before continuing your travel abroad or returning to the United States. <a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Registration : The Department of State urges you to register <a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_1186.html">register</a> with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing or the respective U.S. Consulate in China or Hong Kong SAR, via our Internet-Based Registration System Internet-Based Registration System. Important Note: Since this registration system site is not always available from within China, registering before you leave home is highly recommended.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

There are seven major venue sites, six outside of Beijing, including Hong Kong, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Tianjin.<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

Melinda Liu, Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, told America.gov that the Chinese people are "really into mobile phones" and that the country has the "world's biggest cell phone-using population." News getting into the blogosphere (weblogs or blogs posted on the Internet), she said, can be "easily seen by the outside world -- though not necessarily in China where it's relatively easy to block access to certain overseas-registered Web sites."<a href="http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Liu said about 700 officially accredited foreign correspondents are presently in China, and that many more accredited journalists will be visiting China during the August 8-24 Olympics. She said the Chinese government expects as many as 30,000 foreign media personnel (accredited and unaccredited) to cover the games.<a href="http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a>

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<a name="hdng5"></a>The modeling study has been widely cited by Chinese policy makers, including the Beijing mayor, in requesting the government to implement unprecedented regional control programs to ensure that the air quality goals for 2008 will be met in Beijing. This research was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote air quality in developing countries and provide a better understanding of regional air quality management and emission control strategies. <a href="http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

"Air quality in Beijing in the summertime is dictated by meteorology and topography," said David Streets, a senior scientist in Argonne's Decision and Information Sciences <a href="http://www.dis.anl.gov/">Decision and Information Sciences</a> Division.<a href="http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

I had the honor of meeting Vice Mayor Liu last December in Beijing, where we had our initial discussions about how Washington companies could participate in the design, construction and operation of the various Olympic venues plus transportation networks and facilities and environmental improvements.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> We want Washington companies to be a part of the 2008 Olympics. Several Washington companies already are engaged in helping 'put on' the 2008 Olympics, and with this seminar, we're confident that many more companies will be signing contracts to assist in the design, construction and operation of the games.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Opportunities like the 2008 Olympics don't come 'knocking' everyday! We are seizing the opportunity to advance the interests of Washington companies in China.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a>

Mulvanny G2 already has signed a contract to do work for the 2008 Olympics. This will not only give these companies a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in preparations for the Olympic games, but it will also mean more jobs for our state.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a>

"Being associated with the Genocide Olympics. is not going to be good for business," Tierney says. To deflect criticism, most sponsors seem to be following a three-pronged strategy: They stress the global nature of the Games, point to other charitable work, and show concern for the activists' causes without directly mentioning Beijing. Companies are likely to "express their commitment to human rights in ways that don't clearly embarrass their Chinese hosts," says Shireman of Future 500.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Dream for Darfur, a group chaired by actress Mia Farrow, is asking CEOs to learn about the conflict and China's involvement, and wants companies to raise the issue with Beijing and donate money to Darfur-related causes. Later this year, the group will issue a "report card" grading each sponsor on its actions. "The Olympics will be forever tarnished unless China uses its influence to get Khartoum to act," Farrow said in an e-mail.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Representative John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), chairman of the House subcommittee on national security and foreign affairs, wants Olympic sponsors to pressure Beijing to approve U.N. peacekeepers for Darfur. That's something China has so far declined to do for fear of souring relations with the country, a key supplier of oil.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> "Olympic sponsors have put themselves up as exemplars," says Sophie Richardson, deputy director for Asia at Human Rights Watch. "If I were one of their PR advisers, I'd be pointing out that they are going to be under a lot of scrutiny."<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

McDonald's says the Olympics are not the right forum for discussing Darfur. GE notes that its foundation has given $2 million to fund humanitarian efforts in Sudan. United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) highlights its work in aiding the poor worldwide.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Among the nightmares that might plague a marketing executive, bankrolling an event that some call the Genocide Olympics could well be one of the worst. That's just what the likes of Adidas, Coca-Cola (KO), General Electric (GE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Kodak, McDonald's (MCD), Samsung, Visa, and others are facing.<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

"The Olympic Charter states that the Olympics should seek to foster 'respect for universal and fundamental ethical principles.' Sadly, the Chinese government has not lived up to its commitments to improve the human rights situation in China and Tibet.<a href="http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a>

"However, I believe a boycott of the Beijing Olympics would unfairly harm our athletes who have worked so hard to prepare for the competition.<a href="http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a>

Joining me today is Vice Mayor Liu Jingmin of Beijing and Martha Choe, director of our state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a>

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<a name="hdng6"></a>Just in the last few weeks, China has detained individuals who have mentioned the Olympics when speaking out for human rights. Officials have cast their public-mindedness as a subversion of state power. These same authorities assert that raising concern over human rights in the context of the 2008 Games violates the Olympic spirit. <a href="http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a>
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1. <a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank">9.9.2004 -- U.S. Commercial Service China</a>
<a href="http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/hs040909.html</a>

2. <a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank">Olympics 2008 Fact Sheet (China)</a>
<a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1762.html</a>

3. <a href="http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html" TARGET="_blank">Argonne helps improve air quality for 2008 Beijing Olympics</a>
<a href="http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.anl.gov/Media_Center/News/2007/DIS070413.html</a>

4. <a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank">Dear Colleague Urges Members to Press Olympic Sponsors: Encourage 'Responsible Sponsorship' of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games :: Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs :: United States House of Representatives</a>
<a href="http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400" TARGET="_blank">http://nationalsecurity.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1400</a>

5. <a href="http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html" TARGET="_blank">Citizen Journalists To Report on 2008 Beijing Olympics</a>
<a href="http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.america.gov/st/democracy-english/2008/February/20080205190704x1cireneerg0.3923914.html</a>

6. <a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank">Governor Locke's Speeches | Weekly News Conference ' 2008 Beijing Olympics/China Trade Mission</a>
<a href="http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496" TARGET="_blank">http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/governorlocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=496</a>

7. <a href="http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php" TARGET="_blank">Statement of the Honorable Sander Levin from the February 27, 2008 CECC Hearing</a>
<a href="http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php" TARGET="_blank">http://cecc.gov/pages/hearings/2008/20080227/levin.php</a>

8. <a href="http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238" TARGET="_blank">The Gavel » Blog Archive » Speaker Pelosi on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing</a>
<a href="http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238" TARGET="_blank">http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1238</a>

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