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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

What is the population of China?

(The answer is provided below)

The Chinese Olympics 2008 Protests

Such things in life are futile to discuss. This is especially true when you side with the neutral while talking to human rights activists and hippies. The latter are normally staunch believers when it comes to "freeing people". However true, they normally lack any knowledge on the topic.

When it comes to discussing the Olympic Games for 2008, the main topic is not, "Isn't it lovely that China has finally joined the rest of the world in an event that unites all nations, regardless of culture, religion or politics?". Such statements are not alive in this day and age.

The very real topic discussed is, put simply, "Free Tibet". Freeing Tibet would mean giving up prime land that will, in the future, be quite valuable to China.

All land-politics aside, let us now focus on The People's Republic of China.

It is a known fact that The People's Republic of China is the most populated country in the world at 1,323,156,000 people (and counting). That's 1,019,338,000 more citizens than the United States. That's 4 Chinese citizens (either Mandarin or Cantonese, served with wonton noodles) per 1 United States citizen. The only problem is Americans take up more space while the Chinese are relatively smaller.

The People's Republic of China practices a form of Communism. This fact proves that they really have no business calling themselves a "people's republic" at all and will from this point be referred to in this article as Zhōnghuá.

Zhōnghuá hasn't been doing much lately. Other than importing our children's toys, Nike shoes and their basketball-based genetic research (Yao Ming) to the United States, they've been relatively "off-the-map" for ages.

I, for one, am delighted that Zhōnghuá has been chosen to host these illustrious games. I am, as I stated before, completely neutral on the topic of Tibet. Here are some reasons why:

1. I have never been to Tibet, nor known anyone from Tibet.
2. I have seen many monks who appear to be Tibetan. They are quite happy.
3. I am unable to point Tibet out on most modern maps.

Truthfully speaking, I have lost interest in writing about the Olympics and China and of Tibet.

That is all.

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