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On those Mysterious Olympians

Earlier, I had visited a rather long-windedly-named museum, and noted a strange flag in the special Olympics exhibit:

Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression

I have made some progress in understanding the situation, thanks for the “Concerning China” (a PDF posted by the LA 84 Foundation) and the wikipedia articles, “Chinese Taipei” and “Chinese Taipei Olympic Flag.”

Here is a brief diplomatic history of the Olympic Committees of the Chinas. Of course, there are many other histories of the names of the Chinas, some of which are rather photogenic:


But for now: The Names of the Chinas in the Olympics, 1936-1989!

1936 Berlin Games: KMT participates
1945-1946: Olympics receives Chinese IOC Committee headquarted in KMT Shanghai
1946-1949: Olympics receives Chinese IOC Committee headquartered in KMT Nanking
1949-1951: Olympics receives Chinese IOC Committee headquartered in CCP Nanking
1952 Oslo Session: No KMT or CCP participation
1952 Helsinki Session: Olympics refer to “Chinese People’s Republic” and “State of Taiwan”
1952 Games: CCP participates
1953: CCP establishes a National Olympic Committee
1954: Olympics recognizes CCP “Olympic Committee of the Chinese Republic”, alongisde KMT “Chinese Olympic Committee”
1956 Melbourne Games: KMT boycotts
1957: Olympics renames “Olympic Committee of the Chinese Republic” to to “Olympic Committee of the People’s Democratic Republic of China”
1958: CCP begins boycotting Olympics
1959: Olmpics expels KMT “Chinese Olympic Committee”
1960 Rome Games: KMT “Olympic Committee of the Republic of China,” under the banner “Formsa”
1964 Tokyo Games: KMT “Olympic Committee of the Republic of China,” under the banner “ROC”
1968 Olympic Games: KMT “Olympic Committee of the Republic of China,” under the banner “The Team of the Republic of China”
1979: Olympics recognizes KMT “National Olympic Committee of Chinese Taipei” under the banner “Chinese Tapei”and CCP “Chinese Olympic Committee.” KMT sues Olympics
1980 KMT loses court case in Switerland. Moscow Games: KMT boycotts
1989: KMT “”National Olympic Committee of Chinese Taipei”” and CCP “Chinese Olympic Committee” both agree to translate “Chinese Taipei” as “中华台北,” meaning “(Culturally) Chinese Taipei”

Since then, Olympic Peace has reigned between the Chinas and their names.

Arrested in Tiananmen, Deported from the Birdsnest, Possibly Paralyzed in San Francisco, Islamists plotting Terrorism

American Christians were arrested in Tiananmen Square for protesting against forced abortion and the persecution of the church. They were held and later released.

British protesters were arrested and deported for flying a ““One World, One Dream, Free Tibet” banner from near the Nation Stadium (the Birdnest).

An attempted invasion of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco ended with an American woman possibly paralyzed.

The next terrorist attack in China will be from these guys.

Update: The Turkestan Islamic Party, in their own words:

Embarrasing China

Internal dissent:

The Weekly Standard
Tomorrow Beijing will put on trial one of its most ardent human rights campaigners. Hu Jia, 34, faces charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” Evidence to be used against him includes articles he posted on an overseas Chinese-language website and statements he made during interviews with foreign journalists.

For his work as an activist, Hu, a devout Buddhist, has been called “modern China’s conscience.” He called attention to the plight of AIDS orphans whose parents were victims of a scandal involving tainted blood at public blood banks. In June 2004, he was detained for attempting to lay a wreath on Tiananmen Square to honor the victims of the 1989 crackdown on democracy demonstrators.

In February 2006, Hu was abducted by agents of the Beijing public security bureau, driven with a hood over his head to a rural location, and held captive for 41 days. Although suffering from hepatitis-B, Hu was denied medication while his kidnappers interrogated him concerning a hunger strike he had joined to protest police brutality in China.

Upon his release, Hu was kept under house arrest until February 2007. During this time, his wife was tailed by security agents wherever she went. In May 2007, Hu and his wife were both put under house arrest for “endangering state security.” A video diary titled “Prisoners in Freedom City” depicting their life under surveillance

Tibetan Riots:

While the evil deeds in these stories are bad, the feedback they generate for Beijing is good. It’s important that the Beijing Olympics not be boycotted, but it’s also imported that the Chinese citizens who use the Olympics to magnify their voices be heard. The solution for China will ultimately be further liberalization, a more harmonious society that spreads opportunity.

That goodness for the Beijing Olympics, and the embarrassment its helping to generate.