My latest editorial for China Focus offers a reminder that Western media criticism of China’s success at the Olympics is filled with hypocrisy.
The New York Times claimed that China will sacrifice a child’s chance to grow up normally because the government has a lust to see its country win more gold medals than any other nation. According to the newspaper, “China’s sports assembly line is designed for one purpose: churning out gold medals for the glory of the nation. Silver and bronze barely count. By fielding 413 athletes in Tokyo, the largest number since the Beijing Games in 2008, China aims to land at the top of the gold medal count.”
In case you were wondering: The U.S. has 613 athletes competing at these Games. And does anyone really think the U.S. government wants anything less than to see its athletes win the most gold medals?