With a glamorous image and an extravaganza ready to unroll at 8:00 PM Beijing time (5:00 AM PST) today, everything in the Chinese capital is deemed to overwhelmingly exceed anticipation from worldwide audience and foreign dignitaries. Who can argue with that? With over 40 billion spending, a polished face is what the P.R.C. is aiming for and that's exactly what we will get. Partly thanks to the numerous visa denials to foreigners perceived as potential troublemakers, and the evictions of domestic low-income laborers, Beijing 2008 will be a memorable, yet restricted sport event enjoyable by some but mostly rejected by the conscience few.
Is the door to Beijing really wide open? Or, will it be selectively permitted only to the "friends" of China? The answer to this question will emerge as the Game unrolls... ;)