China: Spielberg's Olympic-Sized Snub

Despite the director's protest over Beijing support for Sudan and exit from the Games' opening ceremonies, oil-thirsty China won't back away from the regime
Demonstrators gather outside of the Chinese Embassy in London, on February 12, 2008, calling on China to intervene in the Darfur crisis before the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government is determined to put on an unforgettable show when it hosts the Olympic Games for the first time this August. Beijing has been counting on the assistance of Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg to provide glitz for the opening-night ceremony. Now, the Chinese government suddenly has to cope with an unwelcome change in script: On Feb. 12, Spielberg announced he was quitting to protest Beijing's support for Sudan, where government-backed Arab forces have killed hundreds of thousands of Africans, and displaced millions more since 2003. "The international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing human suffering," Spielberg said in a statement.

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