View all NewsHour coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games.
Aug. 22, 2008
Balances Host Role with Delicate Diplomacy During Olympics
Atlantic Monthly veteran writer James Fallows, who has spent a
year reporting from China about everything from Beijing's pollution
to the tightly controlled media, discusses the country's future
following its turn in the Olympic spotlight.
Aug. 8, 2008
Aims to Boost Global Standing Through Olympics
Years of preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games culminated
Friday as world leaders converged in China to watch the Games'
opening ceremonies. Analysts examine what the event means for
China's place on the global political and economic stage.
Experts answered your questions on China's Olympic moment in
Aug. 7, 2008
Rev Up for Start of the Beijing Games
Crowds cheered Thursday as the Olympic torch made its way through
Beijing, heralding the official start of the games on Friday.
Ray Suarez talks to Sports Illustrated writer Brian Cazeneuve
about the athletes to watch.
Aug. 6, 2008
Protests Linger Around China's Olympics Prep
China is determined to prevent the Olympics from becoming a platform
for Tibetan rights protests. Independent Television News Channel
4 correspondent Lindsay Hilsum reports from the remote Tibetan
province of Qinghai on lingering anti-Chinese sentiments in the
Aug. 5, 2008
Rolls Out Security Crackdown Ahead of Olympics
In preparation for the Olympics, China has mobilized thousands
of police and military and enacted various security measures to
protect Beijing during the games. Analysts examine how Beijing
has sought to hone its image and tighten its security.
Aug. 4, 2008
Pollution a Contentious Foe for Olympic Athletes
Despite efforts to curb China's air pollution, a thick haze swept
over Beijing Monday, just days before the Olympic Games begin.
Betty Ann Bowser examines the country's pollution woes and the
impact on athletes.
Atmospheric chemist Kenneth Rahn took your questions in an online
July 31, 2008
Beijing, Reporters Encounter Internet Curbs as Olympics Near
Beijing is putting the final touches on preparations for the start
of the Olympic Games on Aug. 8 -- but reporters are encountering
Internet curbs despite expectations of open Web access for foreign
journalists. A reporter and media expert weigh the issue.
July 25, 2008
Preparations Ripple Through China
Beneath the surface of new structures and changing freedoms in
China, the country has instituted broad initiatives ahead of its
hosting of the 2008 Olympics. Scott Tong, China bureau chief for
public radio's "Marketplace", discusses the run-up to
Tong took your questions in an online
July 25, 2008
Stampede for Last of Olympic Tickets
Scuffles broke out Friday as nearly 50,000 people who had waited
up to two days for the final batch of tickets to next month's
Olympic Games swarmed sales windows in Beijing.
July 23, 2008
to Set Up Olympic Protest Zones
The Chinese government will set aside three protest zones in city
parks during the Olympic Games, Chinese officials said Wednesday.
July 21, 2008
Stoke Terrorism Fears Before Olympics
Explosions rocked at least two buses in the southwestern Chinese
city of Kunming on Monday, local media report, killing at least
two people and injuring another 14 as the country attempts to
tighten security ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics.
June 20, 2008
to Impose Odd-Even Car Ban During Olympics
From July 20 to Sept. 20, Beijing will alternate the days that
vehicles with even and odd registration numbers will be allowed
on the road in order to reduce traffic and air pollution during
the Olympic Games.
May 30, 2008
Internet Use in China Reflects Changing Society
In April, China passed the United States in the number of people
online. The growing Internet use has given the Chinese a chance
to see how the rest of the world views them, and is helping shape
the attitudes of younger generations. Margaret Warner reports
Read extended interviews from this report:
China President Kai-Fu Lee
Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianmin
Magazine Editor Hung Huang
May 29, 2008
China, an Evolving Effort to Establish a Place on World Stage
The devastating quake in China and the government's response and
transparency seem to have altered views both inside and outside
the country. Margaret Warner speaks with Assistant Foreign Minister
He Yafei about the changes within China.
May 28, 2008
China Confronts Environmental Woes
Since undertaking market reforms in late 1970s, China has enjoyed
an economic boom -- but the economic progress has also produced
serious environmental damage and pollution problems. Margaret
Warner reports on China's environmental woes and their impact
on the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.
May 27, 2008
Poses Daunting Reconstruction Challenges, Rallying Point for China
Earthquake-damaged Sichuan province in China has begun the arduous
task of rebuilding. In this report from China, Margaret Warner
talks about the how the country is dealing with the landslides
and other aftermath of the May 12 earthquake, and how the temblor
has done more to rally the international community to the Asian
nation than the Olympics have.
View all NewsHour coverage of the Sichuan earthquake.
May 26, 2008
Recovery Tempers China's Olympics Elation
In preparing for the Olympic Games, the Chinese government has
faced unexpected challenges, including a devastating earthquake
and protests over its rule of Tibet. Margaret Warner reports from
China about the quake's impacts on the Beijing Olympic plans.
May 16, 2008
Mark China's 'Coming of Age'
China's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics thrust the Asian nation
into the international spotlight and is viewed by many inside
the country as a way to showcase how far the communist regime
has come in opening up to the world over the past few decades.
May 16, 2008
Tests China's Movement on Human Rights
When China bested four other finalists to host the 2008 Summer
Olympics, the win brought a new global status but also renewed
scrutiny on its handling of free speech and human rights, particularly
in the area of Tibet.
May 16, 2008
Pollution Poses Challenge to Olympic Athletes
Athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics this summer could
face a troubling combination of polluted air and hot, humid weather
conditions if the Chinese government is not able to clear the
skies in time for the games.
May 16, 2008
Highlight Press Curbs in China
Though the Chinese have made efforts to increase press freedoms
for foreign journalists covering the 2008 Summer Olympic Games
in Beijing, reporters are still expecting to encounter some challenges
based on long-standing restrictions and mentalities.
May 13, 2008
Ambassador on Quake Disaster, Olympic Protests
Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, discusses
the earthquake that hit central China, recent protests over Tibet
that have disrupted the Olympic torch relay and the state of international
relief efforts following Myanmar's cyclone.
April 24, 2008
Americans Divided on Olympic Torch Protests
Jonathan Choy, owner of a martial arts equipment shop and ping
pong club in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, is conflicted
about the violent protests that have disrupted the Olympic torch
April 15, 2008
Torch Ignites Protests of Chinese Policies
A global Olympic torch tour has been met by protests against China,
the host of the games. While China and others say the Olympics
should not be politicized, protesters say they are trying to draw
attention to China's rule over Tibet and its human rights record,
among other issues. Two experts answered your questions.
April 9, 2008
Torch Relay Puts Chinese Policies in Focus
China is facing increasing scrutiny for many of its policies as
the Summer Games in Beijing draw closer -- and protesters have
seized the Olympic torch's current global tour as a platform to
voice opposition to China's rule of Tibet, among other issues.
Two analysts discuss the protests.
March 20, 2008
Sends More Troops to Tibet to Curb Protests
China sent 80 trucks carrying paramilitary police to the Tibetan
capital of Lhasa Thursday to quell anti-government protests, while
the Dalai Lama offered to meet with Chinese leaders.
March 18, 2008
Against China, Violence Continue in Tibet
Anti-Chinese protests and violence continued Tuesday in Tibet.
The Chinese government blamed the exiled Dalai Lama for the violence.
Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the situation
March 14, 2008
Turn Violent in Tibetan Capital of Lhasa
Chinese riot police clashed with violent protesters in the ancient
Tibetan capital of Lhasa Friday, with armored vehicles blocking
roads and police firing tear gas into gathered crowds. Radio reports
state that two people had been killed.
Jan. 23, 2008
Turmoil Highlights China's Impact on U.S. Economy
Global stocks largely rebounded on Tuesday after concerns over
a weakened U.S. economy sent international markets tumbling. Jim
Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly discusses how China's lending
and asset buying impact the U.S. markets and economic stability.
Oct. 30, 2007
Out the Future for Chinese-Controlled Tibet
An Independent Television News report on life in Tibet, a country
controlled by China for more than 50 years.
Oct. 17, 2007
Lama Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Despite Chinese Protests
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received the Congressional
Gold Medal Wednesday - the highest civilian honor Congress can
bestow - despite opposition from China's government. Experts examine
the Dalai Lama's iconic legacy and assess China's reaction.
Oct. 2, 2007
Crisis Sheds New Light on China's Regional Influence
During recent protests in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma,
the international community relied heavily on the diplomatic intervention
of China in efforts to stop a military crackdown. Experts consider
China's growing regional influence.
July 10, 2007
Food and Drug Official Executed for Accepting Bribes
China announced Tuesday its chief food and drug official has been
executed for accepting bribes. Independent Television News reports
from the region on the investigation that led to his execution.
July 3, 2007
Tainted Chinese Products Add to Safety Concerns
Inspectors in China reported the discovery of more tainted products
on Tuesday. A food safety advocate and an investment bank executive
explain what's behind the problems.
June 25, 2007
Explains China's Rapid Industrialization
The international economy is being affected by China's rapidly
developing industries. James Fallow, a reporter based in the region
analyzes China's economic growth and its impact on the world stage.
July 13, 2001
Awards 2008 Olympics to Beijing
John Hoberman, a professor of Germanic studies and an Olympic
historian at the University of Texas in Austin, and Sally Jenkins,
a sports columnist for The Washington Post, discuss China's winning
bid to host the Olympic Games.