The 2008 Summer Olympics will punctuate three decades of development and test China's global legitimacy. They've already transformed the way millions of people think and live. Seattleite and Fulbright researcher Daniel Beekman brings you Beijing.
July 14, 2008 2:45 PM
Posted by Daniel Beekman
Waist-deep in preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing's organizers are engaged in risk managment.
So much could go right - the Chinese have promised to deliver an unforgettable Olympis.
And so much could go wrong. Smoggy skies threaten, as do terrorists hailing from inside China and abroad. China's imprisonment of dissidents and ties with war-torn Sudan lurk just off-stage. A wide array of activists may protest in Beijing. Journalists from America and Europe are set to snoop around.
Somewhat understandably, the city has responded by stepping up security at subway stations, monitoring online forums and withholding visas. The People's Liberation Army is on high-alert.
And what about China's common folk? Deeply invested in these Olympics, they're itching to help. As one ubitquitous Beijing billboard blares, '2008 Olympic Games: I participate, I support, I am happy.'
Many Beijingers haved joined the Games' volunteer corps. According to the city's organizers, the best way for other citizens to lend a hand...know and follow the rules.
Here's a taste of pre-Olympics legal awareness promotion in Beijing.
RULES #98, #99 and #100 FROM THE 'BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES LEGAL HANDBOOK'
Rule #98 - Do foreign reporters interviewing wtihin the boundaries of our country need a related government department's authorization?
Foreign reporters interviewing in China need only to obtain permission from the work unit or individual they are interviewing, and need not apply to a related government department for authorization.
"As a Chinese athlete, what special feelings do you have about participating in the Olympic Games?"
Rule #99 - May foreign reporters hire Chinese citizens to assist with interviews and work?
Foreign reporters may hire Chinese citizens through the external affairs service unit assigned to assist foreign reporters.
"I need a hand." "I am an official from the external affairs service unit assigned to assist foreign reporters. This is Ms. Xiaoli."
Rule #100 - Will the stipulations for foreign reporters in China during the period of the Olympic Games still apply after the Games conclude?
The stipulations were applied January 1, 2007 and will be abolished October 17, 2008.
"Will the stipulations still apply?"
NOTICE ADDRESSED TO LOCAL LANDLORDS, POSTED TO APARTMENT BUILDINGS
Warning for property rental during the period of the Olympic Games
A peaceful and safe Olympic Games are as important as Taishan mountain is heavy
A peaceful and safe Olympics are everyone's responsibility
Resident friend: Hello!
The world's gaze is on Beijing for the 29th session of the Olympic Games. At the appointed time, our capital Beijing will welcome masses of foreign friends here to watch the Games and travel. In order to build a good social environment during the period of the Olympic Games, and also in order to safeguard your rights, the rights of your tenants and overall security, if you have rented property go through the registration formalities, please promptly report to your community service station and notify personnel of the rental and your tenant's situation. If you rent to a foreigner, you must supervise public security and visit your local police station to handle temporary lodging registration.
Thank you residents for your general cooperation and support. Your cooperation and support represents positive participation in the Olympic Games in the form of practical action, and also guarantees that we can perform our duty to keep the Olympic Games safe.
Office of the Beijing Transient Population and Rental Management Committee
Beijing Police Department
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