The 2022 Winter Olympics began Friday in Beijing with the Chinese Communist Party using the occasion to project strength and military power throughout the world.
“China, which used its first Olympics to amplify its international aspirations, invited the world back Friday — sort of — for the pandemic era’s second Games, this time as an emboldened and more powerful nation whose government’s authoritarian turn provoked some countries’ leaders into staying home,” reports the Associated Press.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Games open during a ceremony heavy on ice-blue tones and winter imagery, held in the same lattice-encased Bird’s Nest stadium that hosted the inaugural event of the 2008 Summer Olympics,” adds the AP.
Meanwhile, journalists here in America publicly fawned over the spectacle.
“It’s worth remembering that while western countries may be boycotting these Olympics over human rights issues, China styles itself as a champion of the developing world. It has plenty of support in countries from Africa to Latin America,” claimed NBC News.
Read the full report at the Associated Press.