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Cadence Column: Asia, February 12, 2018


There are those who know Asia and those who don’t. There are those who know political gaming and those who don’t. Last week, Symphony said that China wouldn’t compromise in a “Sino-Vatico” deal. This week, a retired bishop in Hong Kong said basically the same thing: That if the pope vetoes Beijing too often, Beijing … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 29, 2018


It was a week of protests in both Hong Kong and South Korea. Neither side of any controversy rose above the fray. For the powers that be, it was PR gone bad. For the masses, it was spitting in the wind. When the governed don’t want the ambitions of the controlling few, the solution is … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 8, 2018


The talks between South and North Korea are not at all what they are cracked up to be. While the world would love to believe that this is some grand exercise in “can’t we all just get along” diplomacy that always-only ever failed under Obama in any and every hemisphere, North-South talks are not what … Continue reading

China cries foul over judging at Olympics


Deputy Sports Minister Cai Zhenhua has accused judges at the London Olympics of discriminating against Chinese athletes. A number of decisions have gone against Chinese athletes in cycling and gymnastics, and there was more anger yesterday when hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was denied a bronze medal. “We need to solve the problem now or risk … Continue reading

The true spirit of the Olympics and China’s approach


The Olympics is the Celebration of the Human Spirit, not merely the pursuit of the gold medal Conrado de Quiros in an article which appeared on May 11, 2011 at the Philippine Daily Inquirer said that: “To this day, my biggest boxing hero is Muhammad Ali, and my biggest sports scene is him holding the … Continue reading

Olympics: China stands divided over its win-at-all-cost philosophy


Just 28 years after China won its first Olympic gold medal, the nation is coming to terms with life as the world’s leading athletic superpower and is apparently not sure what to do about it. Gold medals still bring rapturous applause from the world’s most populous nation, but the response to scenes of perceived failure … Continue reading

China’s nationalised Olympic team: the personal cost of winning and losing


While David Cameron promised to turn Olympics into gold for the British, the Chinese athletes vowed to bring back gold. Unlike Mr Cameron, who keeps surprising his tax payers with an increasing Olympics budget, the Chinese athletes are keeping their words, at great expenses. The Chinese take Olympic medals seriously. Ever since the Chinese Olympic … Continue reading

Wrestler Given Two Year Ban For Olympics Tantrum (2008)


The Swedish wrestler who threw away his medal in protest at the Beijing Olympics has been banned from the sport for two years. Wrestling’s governing body said Thursday it had suspended Ara Abrahamian and coach Leo Myllari. It said their “scandalous behaviour” showed a “serious lack of Olympic spirit.” Abrahamian disputed a call in his … Continue reading

Olympics: Marathon Smog Fears


Champion marathon runner Robert de Castella has warned of a huge attrition rate at the Beijing Olympics marathon, because of the chronic air pollution.  Current marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie has already announced that he will not run the road race in Beijing because he fears for his health, an outcome that de Castella describes … Continue reading

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