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I'm just stoked for the world cup, and the 2010 winter olympics guys...
first go up to vancouver.. check out the games there... that would be SWEET.
Then that summer.. or fall or whatever.. head on down to south africa and watch the greatest sporting event ever - the world cup.
2010 is going to be a super sick year i think.
I meant cleaning up in several ways. They have cleaned up through economic reforms. Many academics argue that China isnt really a communist country anymore because they have become more liberal economically. Physically speaking they have tried to improve the air (yes nowhere near soon enough) by shutting down factories and taking cars off the road. I thougtht I heard the other day that they had talks with Tibet and the Dalai Lama. They have cleaned up their streets as well of garbage. They trained their people on how to interact with the western society, yes that seems outrageous but they want to make the olympic experience the best for everyone. I agree with you about China's role expanding in Africa being a serious issue (Darfur). China clearly has taken a critical look at themselves and tried to adress as many of the issues as possible. Could they have done more, could they have started earlier? sure. Its in China's best interest to make these olympics the best, to be honest I dont think they care if it costed them billions of dollars that they never see again as long as the olympics leave a good image.