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After watching the amazing job China did of hosting the 2008 Olympics, do you feel a bit intimidated by them?

Especially the Opening ceremonies - it was an awesome display of what Chinese manpower can do. And, considering China's population (1,320,000,000) is over 4X that of the USA coupled with their growing economic power, do you feel at all intimidated by the nation of China?

Asked By: LesYeux8 - 8/24/2008
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I was in China for the Olympics (and to visit relatives in Shanghai.) It was an awesome experience to say the least. I don't think anyone should feel intimidated, rather they should appreciate the great advances China has made during the past 25 years. When my mother left China thru Hong Kong 25 years ago most of... More
Answered By: ? - 8/24/2008
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i can't figure out why anyone would feel intimidated by something like that. perhaps a feeling of awesomeness
Answered By: live in the now - 8/24/2008
 
Yes especially because most of thier money would go to military efforts and not social programs benefiting the people of thier nation.
Answered By: gurevich29 - 8/24/2008
 
no, there's was fake and staged. so glad the games are over in China. I didn't watch them for the mere fact that everything was faked and hidden just to make China look good
Answered By: jesse - 8/24/2008
 
um, no.
Answered By: jamesfolk77 - 8/24/2008
 
You mean by forging their own country's passports and expoiting children infront of the world. OH you must mean how they smack us all in the face and show their human rights are a joke by having these kids compete... More
Answered By: thefuturemrandmrsbenefiel - 8/24/2008
 
Why feel intimidated?! The Olympics are all about bringing people together... if you are intimidated because of China's power, you missed the point of the Olympics. I mean fearing a countries' skill (for example, the US in basketball) is reasonable--but not because of the countries' background.
Answered By: Mr.Deeds - 8/24/2008
 
Intimidated? No. I was more disgusted by the illusion they are trying to feed the world while suppressing human rights!
Answered By: artgurrl - 8/24/2008
 
I heard that Birmingham, Alabama was going to host the Olympics in like 2022 or whatever.... psh... GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. yeah, the chinese got numbers on their side, definitely. I don't really feel intimidated by them though.... GREAT ceremonies though.
Answered By: mcsteamy14 - 8/24/2008
 
Not at all. The Chinese actually care about what others think of them. And so far, they have been a soft power.
Answered By: nemeczek - 8/24/2008
 
Intimidated? No....
Answered By: Mike C - 8/24/2008
 
I don't recall the exact sum, but they spent several billion dollars on this production - and that's enough money to buy all kinds of intimidation.
Answered By: LeAnne - 8/24/2008
 
Not to deny them credit due but host countries incur huge expense/debt to host the Olympics and often don't recover that investment. China's is a totalitarian regime and they can make their manpower do all sorts of things through sheer force. This neither impresses nor intimidates me. Nuclear weaponry, now that's... More
Answered By: noitall - 8/24/2008
 
Not at all. China is a great country with great people, but they have nothing over Americans! BTW, We still beat them in total medals won!
Answered By: becauseIsaidso - 8/24/2008
 
China has a rich culture. That said, China struggled a great deal to pull this off and it was far from their everyday life. Olympics in LA, Atlanta, Salt Lake City were pretty standard fair for the US. No, I am not worried by China, that could change, but not right now.
Answered By: Incarcerated Bert - 8/24/2008
 
I feel like no other country will have the same level of perfection in their opening/closing ceremonies. I don't feel intimidated by them as a nation, but I respect their willingness to show modern China to the whole world.
Answered By: kitkatkasick - 8/24/2008
 
Actually i find it embarrassing for their country that they have lip sync thing, because the actual singer was deemed too ugly.
Answered By: S P - 8/24/2008
 
Intimaidation isnt the rite word at all... More
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Answered By: atul292 - 8/24/2008
 
i dont know if intimidated is the right word to use. They dont really pose a threat to us,. sure they can throw great celebrations and fireworks and all that,. but so can anyone if they have the time and money and desperate need/desire to be #1 in hosting the olympics... More
Answered By: Dj Conquest - 8/24/2008
 
the national anthem was lip synched 'cuz the chinese gov't said the singer was too ugly for t.v! the fireworks were pre-recorded and digitally enhanced among other special effects that were added. the gymnast ranged in age from 12-14 not the minimum of 16. if you were impressed by that, and intimidated then i got some... More
Answered By: Spirit - 8/24/2008
 
I personally don't feel that it was so amazing. It's very hard for me to feel that a country that treats it's people like they are nothing, could do anything amazing. What I have seen of China is an AWFUL display of violating human rights. No I am not intimidated at all.
Answered By: ? - 8/24/2008
 
Although China did do an astonishingly good job of hosting the Olympics, the nation has too many issues to deal with before they can overcome the U.S. Their problems (human rights, Taiwan, Tibet, the Sichuan province, population control, the communist govenment, etc.) are much more controversial and larger than the... More
Answered By: erin - 8/24/2008
 
grow some balls you communist
Answered By: Michael M - 8/24/2008
 
Why would I feel intimidated? China has always had a large population and has been a superpower for a long time. Why would I get scared now?
Answered By: paintedhorse30 - 8/24/2008
 
No because we cant always think that we will be the best and most powerful. Also china was opening their doors to the world in this olympics and when we host the olympics we don't have to show off as much as they do to prove themselves
Answered By: superseck - 8/24/2008
 
Not at all. I'm far more intimidated by America's REAL enemies; Barak and Michelle Obama!
Answered By: Ol Buck - 8/24/2008
 
no, actually i mourn for the ones that did not recieve a Gold Medal, they probably no longer exist~!
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Answered By: pizzballpete - 8/24/2008
 
No, for several reasons. 1)They cant consistently put up the money they spent on the Olympics. 2)It was staged, and finally # 3... More
Answered By: Alex C - 8/24/2008
 
Let's see, lip synching and digitally created fireworks in the opening ceremony. Yup, that scares me. Safety of the visitors? Tell that to the American volleyball coach's inlaws who were stabbed, one fatally. Funny how a year ago three of their gymnasts were only 14, but I understand how the exact same error can be... More
Answered By: Bigsky_52 - 8/24/2008
 
China did a great job hosting the Olympics. I think what scares me about China is the fact that they loan lots of money to the US, and practically own our government right now. If they decided to pull the plug on us they could do so in an instant. They also have lots of our currency. If they chose to dump the dollar... More
Answered By: odyseus_lives_now - 8/24/2008
 
No, I was impressed it showed the world, how modern China has become after the Mao regime. Seeing Jimmy Page performing live on the closing was a great.
Answered By: Riley - 8/24/2008
 
Intimidated no. I feel sad for them. They worked so hard to project a perfect image but the cracks showed... More
Answered By: dadvice1 - 8/24/2008
 
IF you felt intimidated, well i have no words to describe your feelings, cause it will be really bad... More
Answered By: cat - 8/25/2008
 
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