Analyses | 18 April 2008

China's Olympic challenge

With the troubled Olympic Torch coming to Canberra next week, the Beijing Olympics and what it means for China will be centre stage in Australia.

John Bowan

  • John Bowan

With the troubled Olympic Torch coming to Canberra next week, the Beijing Olympics and what it means for China will be centre stage in Australia.

John Bowan

  • John Bowan
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Executive Summary

In 2004 and 2007, John Bowan wrote for the Lowy Institute about the challenges and opportunities the 2008 Olympic Games offer China. In his 2007 piece, John predicted that in the run-up the Games 'China's patience and political sophistication will be tested relentlessly by the Western media and the country's growing strength as a world power will weaken any disposition towards a sympathetic marking from world opinion.' John Bowan was the Manager for International Relations for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and worked as a consultant on the Beijing bid.