China’s Coming Out Party? The Beijing Olympics, 2008

  • Jonathan GrixEmail author
  • Paul Michael Brannagan
  • Donna Lee
Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)


There is little doubt that China is becoming one of the most powerful countries in the world, in both economic and political terms. The Beijing Olympics in 2008 arguably acted as an extra impetus to the inexorable rise of China. Since then, China has been feted in the UK, playing a leading role in developing the UK’s nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, has begun creating the £900 billion ‘One Belt, One Road’ economic development initiative and has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Sport is just one area that China seeks to become more dominant, including building a domestic sports industry worth $850 billion, investing heavily in reforming its own football league to make it world-class and equally heavily in European football clubs. Sport policy clearly falls into line with China’s global economic, political and even cultural aspirations.


Olympic Games Ping-pong diplomacy Investment in sport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Grix
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul Michael Brannagan
    • 1
  • Donna Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Business and Law FacultyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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