Every time the Olympic Flame is lit in front of the host country’s president, the pulsating of a nation begins to accelerate. But the games had rarely been staged with more ambition to self-aggrandisement than in Beijing in the summer of 2008. China celebrated its arrival as a world power. Moreover, what in 2008 was broadcast to the world through the language of the Olympics will, in the course of this year, be reiterated in the language of a World Exhibition when China presents itself to the global public as a platform for the scientific achievements of the 21st century.

The Olympics and the ...


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