Protest against China Olympic bid doomed

Source:Global Times Published: 2015-3-21 0:33:01

A coalition of 175 Tibetan human rights groups have sent a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to oppose Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The letter attacked the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and declared that the human rights situation in China's Tibet Autonomous Region has become even worse since then. The letter also criticized Kazakhstan's human rights record.

China and Kazakhstan are the only bidders for the 2022 Winter Games. An IOC panel will start to inspect China's two host cities, Beijing and Zhangjiakou, next week. The Tibetan coalition is aware of the timing for its action.

However, the letter is simply a clumsy show of cries and protest. A coalition of 175 Tibetan human rights groups? Whether the number is true or not, or how many members each of the groups has is questionable. Their accusations against China will only cause laughter among the IOC officials who know Beijing and China better than the protesters do.

The 2008 Beijing Games was one of the most successful events in the history of Olympics. In 2010, the IOC wrote in its final evaluation of that event, "The Olympic Games are not only meant to showcase the world's best competitions and athletes. They also help break down barriers and overcome differences. And this is exactly what the 2008 Games in Beijing achieved."

The Tibetan separatists already staged protest shows worldwide prior to the 2008 Beijing Games. Now they are back again.

The separatists try to depict the Tibetan plateau as all dark and repressed, knowing most foreign people do not know much about the real Tibet.

As more and more Western countries step up their cooperation with China, the Tibetan separatists have felt increasingly marginalized. They are taking advantage of every chance to make some noise and prove their existence in the media.

Most of the overseas Tibetan separatists have lost their contact with the real progress in Tibet. They have always been trying to make troubles for China, and do not care about Tibet's actual development in various aspects. They feel excited in slapping Tibet and China. The repeated protests also fit certain needs of Western societies, which will win them some resources for survival in the West.

However, the world is changing, China is growing stronger, and the reality of Tibet is getting to be known by more people outside the country. In the future, the Tibetan separatists will find it increasingly difficult to fool the world with their weak accusations. The letter they wrote to the IOC will not longer gain the coverage of 2008. They are doomed to fail.

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