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PacNet #41 – China’s Moment in the Olympic Spotlight

Amidst the glint and glamour of the 2008 Summer Olympics, China confronts a question of dueling national identities.  On one side is patriotism, with Chinese people expressing pride in their country’s remarkable accomplishments and emerging power.  On the other side is nationalism, as foreign criticism has prompted defensive reactions from the Chinese government and public.  The Beijing Olympics may reveal which perspective dominates.