Assessing the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Soft Power, Politics, and the Future of the Games
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Susan Brownell.
Chinese Olympians Balance Politics and Sport
By Patrick Beyrer
Chinese athletes must navigate not only their chosen sports but also CCP redlines, online nationalism, and corporate demands.
Beijing’s Ambitious Olympic COVID Bubble: So Far, So Good
By Huizhong Wu and Ken Moritsugu
With the Games nearly halfway done, China is meeting its formidable Olympics challenge: welcoming 15,000 visitors without giving up on its “zero-COVID” strategy.
China’s Star Recruit Eileen Gu Wins Gold in Big Air Skiing Event
By Jesse Turland
U.S. born but competing for China, skier Eileen Gu lived up to high expectations in her first Beijing Winter Olympics event.
How the Beijing Winter Olympics Help Boost the Chinese Communist Party’s Legitimacy
By Yan Bennett and John Garrick
Far from being non-political, the Games are a potent political symbol of the Chinese state’s ambitions and authority.
Why Did Central Asia’s Leaders Go to Beijing?
By Catherine Putz
The visits by all five Central Asian presidents to China for the opening of the Beijing Games illustrate the importance of the relationship for both sides.
China Recruited Canadians to Avoid Embarrassment on the Olympic Ice
By Justin Olsvik
China went into overdrive to recruit foreign talent so it could field an Olympic men’s ice hockey team. The result: 15 out of 24 players on its team are from overseas.
Beijing 2022 Is the Death Knell of the Olympic Charter
By Omer Kanat
If genocide is no longer a red line, then what good is the Olympic Charter’s commitment to “the preservation of human dignity”?
Beijing’s Olympic Redux
By Susan Brownell
Don’t let the calls for a boycott mislead – China is more integral to the world, including the world of sports, now than in 2008.
Who’s Coming to the Beijing Olympics?
By Shannon Tiezzi
The list of attendees underscores the political -- rather than sporting -- significance of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Entering Beijing’s Olympics Bubble Is a Surreal Experience
By Associated Press
The experiences of AP journalists who have arrived or are preparing to depart offers a glimpse into life inside the bubble.