It is the Year of the Rat in
China and the whole world smelled one last week at the Beijing Olympics.
As expected, the People’s
Republic of China is hijacking the Games for its own political purposes, like
the Soviets did in Moscow in 1980 and the Nazis in 1936. But while this
Olympics is being used primarily to announce to the world the emergence of a
powerful, “new” China, the ruthless, old, Maoist version still managed to
attract a lot of attention.
The first misstep for the host
country at the meticulously scripted and spectacularly staged Games occurred
when its gold-medal winning women’s gymnastics team was accused of using underage competitors. Athletes have to be 16 to be able to
compete in Beijing. But to many journalists and spectators the Chinese gymnasts
looked so young, a U.S. Olympic coach believed one still had her “milk teeth.”
A New York Times story probably
confirmed China broke the rules when it cited a speech the Chinese director of
general administration of sport made last November. In it, the director
referred to one of the women’s team members as “the 13-year old uneven bar
gymnast He Kexin.” And while the pixie-like Kexin insisted yesterday she is
sixteen, addition and subtraction are still the same in China as everywhere
else despite what the Party might say.
In a way, for the girls’ sake, if
the sports czars in China did engage in some form of shenanigans to hide their
true ages, hopefully it only involves the less harmful and pathetic tactic of
document manipulation, as is suspected. While unethical, that would not compare
to the real crime of their possibly having been subjected to horrifying drug
programs and gene-doping treatments to stop the onset of puberty.
If they really are 16, this may
account for why they look so young. Such illegal doping is done to female
gymnasts, so they can retain longer their more flexible, prepubescent forms
that allow them to perform the more difficult manoeuvres.
Former Soviet block athletes were
also subjected to drug mistreatments, from which some suffered greatly in later
years and a few even died. It is known China hired a number of former Eastern
European coaches to build their Olympic team powerhouse. It is highly likely
some would be familiar with this method of obtaining impressive, medal-winning
performances, on which Marxist-Leninist regimes have always placed such great
Besides the doubts about China’s
gymnastics team, observers are scratching their heads about that country’s
first gold-medal win in the pool. Liu Zige captured first place in the 200 metre butterfly in
a time of 2:04.19 his week, demolishing the world record by a full second and
shaving five seconds off her time of a year ago. The Australian world champion,
who finished third behind another Chinese girl who also seemed to come from
nowhere, swam only 0.86 slower than her former world record time.
But the strongest reminder that
things may not be as they really are in Beijing occurred right at the Games’
beginning. The breathtaking fireworks display people thought they were seeing
live on their home television sets was actually “previously recorded footage
that was provided to the broadcasters.”
The deceit, however, got worse.
More fakery was reported involving the 56 children who paraded around the Olympic stadium in
costumes of China’s different ethnic groups. It later turned out they were
actually all from the dominant Han Chinese, which makes up 90 per cent of the
But in what can only described as
a case of perverted patriotism, the pretty nine-year-old girl, Lin Miaoke, whom
spectators believed was singing “Ode to the Motherland” at the opening
ceremonies when the Chinese flag was carried in, was only lip
The beautiful voice millions of
people heard was actually that of a seven-year-old girl, Yang Peiyi, whose
looks were deemed too “flawed” to be seen by an audience. Her crooked teeth and
chubby face, apparently, would not reflect the “perfect” Marxist-Leninist
socialist system the Chinese government says it is building. And a bag over
Yang Peiyi’s head would also probably have looked too much out of place.
But while the civilized world is
troubled by how the Chinese government could so easily scar a child like Yang
Peiyi, its conscience is troubled by nothing. In fact, the word conscience does
not even exist in the Chinese Communist Party’s vocabulary, never has and never
will. Seventy million Chinese murdered under Mao attests to that.
The episode with the two little
girls and the gymnasts shows China’s Communist Party still has not changed its
nature or ideology with the country’s growing prosperity. It is still a
heartless ideology, according to which individuals like Yang Peiyi and Lin
Miaoke are nothing, not even human beings, but only unimportant collections of
atoms that are to be moulded and used by the Party for its own dictatorial
When the opening ceremonies’
music director said switching the girls was due to the fact they had to put
“our country’s interests first”, he really meant the Party’s interest.
And if it is discovered the
gymnasts’ and swimmers’ were doped, that’s because their bodies do not belong
to them, but rather to the soulless ideologues that run the state. They have
destroyed all universal human standards and morals.
The reported harvesting of
executed Falun Gong members’ internal organs for sale to foreigners exemplifies
this barbaric ideology best. It also shows the Party is still practical in its
fanaticism and criminality on all levels, from the Olympics to the gulag, from
little girls to political prisoners, and is still capable of any crime.
But by replacing one little girl
before the crowds with another, prettier one, the whole world saw who really
has the ugly face. And while the Party believes it is introducing to the world
through the Olympics a new, emerging China, it is actually only showing a
country that has yet to emerge from under the old shadow of Mao.