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  1. On 12/19/2021 at 6:14 PM, baron-pierreIV said:

    Agree.  And I hope there's NO repeat of what happened after Socio 2014 when Russia just marched into Crimea and took it (back) -- and China decides it's time to retake Taiwan -- which was NEVER theirs anyway.  

    Reminder every chinese leader since Mao promised to retake Taiwan. Their endgame is to scare people from voting for Pan-Greens (specially the DPP) again and return to KMT party rule which was more domesticated to comply with the CCP. A war with Taiwan will be disastrous for their image and its not going to be a walk in the park like Hong Kong was.

  2. 21 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    Plus, this is the country where the global pandemic all began

    Not according to them anymore. They're deflecting the blame on America and discussion about the virus origin is now Verbotten in China, in a similar way to what happened in June 1989. And the arrogance of the mainland has reached a point they only don't care about what the "degenerate West" thinks, but also are taking pleasure in pissing them off.

    21 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    I bet they're preparing a much simpler show now

    Did you saw the massive show they did to celebrate the anniversary of the CCP this year? Chinese don't lack at vanity, no matter the situation. And their dislike of Japan will push them to flex at them in anyway they can (not like surpassing whatever Japan did is too hard though)

  3. On 12/17/2021 at 7:16 AM, AustralianFan said:

    Not so far.   As with Beijing 2008, the Chinese Government / organisers will keep a very very tight military-discipline lid on this and woe betide anyone caught leaking any secrets and spoilers.

    Reminder SBS (South Korea) got banned from transmitting Beijing 2008 because they leaked many scenes of their opening ceremonies. China was furious and the IOC had to comply with banning SBS as punishment. I doubt any other television company wants to venture itself into trying something similar.

  4. Unsurprising given how low the relationships between Australia and China felt over the last couple of years. I doubt SK will join into the boycott given how the current president is friendly with Xi. Japan might maintain neutrality but will probably not send much representation.

    Given how also terribly bad the Strait relationships are, its very unlikely Taiwan will send any representant either (they surprisingly sent some for the 2008 Olympics despite the disputed status between the two).

  5. Their National Games opening ceremony, even with the current Covid situation, and the anniversary of the CCP ceremony at Bird Nest were of a huge scale. Its no doubt they will do something big, specially if they can add more salt into the wound of a country they've never liked much such as Japan.

    Anyway, it started snowing in Beijing earlier than expected






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  6. The only reason i'm watching the ceremonies is because of how Tokyo disastrously managed theirs with all their creative conflicts/people getting removed from the staff (things unrelated with the pandemic) and left me desiring much more. China enjoys dabbing at the world as of lately because of how increasingly aggressive they've become in economics/politics so its obvious they will do a huge show just to add more salt to Tokyo's wound.

  7. 9 hours ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

    The Tokyo medals were the most disappointing ever for me....a few ugly medal swirls that mean nothing and the logo....Japan is a world centre for design, what on Earth happened?

    Stagnation. The population is too old and most of them still hold the positions of power and don't seem to like innovation/breaking the mold. I'm a big fan of Japan design wise but they've been falling behind their neighbour a bit over the last decade.

  8. Those medals look way too uninspired and boring. I expected more from chinese designers but it seems all the talent graphic design wise was dragged to the Hangzhou Asian Games, which had much better designs. The Look is not even that good either and feels random at best a farcry from the Luck Clouds of 2008 which were one of my favorite brands.



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