The Beijing Olympics Put a Spotlight on China

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To become host of this summer's Olympic Games, China promised to clean up the air and grant more political freedom. But Beijing is still smoggy; dissidents are being rounded up; and China's being criticized for not doing more on Darfur.  Those issues and the prospect for athletic competition. Also, the US pulls nonessential embassy personnel out of Serbia, and last night's debate was not the tough confrontation that had been expected. Was it good politics or opportunities missed?

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