Comments on Xu Guoqi “No snow, no worries? China gears up for its first serious Olympics”, 7/08/2015
The current leader, President Xi, has set important goals for China to achieve, characterised by the dual (double) centenaries. One is the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party and the other is the founding of the People's Republic of China. By 2022, China will have past one of its dual centuries, that is, the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 2021. It will still have nearly 3 decades for the centenary of the People's Republic of China from 2022 to 2049.
There are 7 years to the winter Olympic games in Beijing in 2022. China has now encountered significant headwind in its economic growth that post challenges for its catch up with the US as the world largest economy and that stirs up the fear of and concerns for the middle income trap. Nevertheless, by 2022 it should be clear whether China has been able to overcome the middle income trap or not.
PS: As to whether there will be natural snow or China will have to use man-induced snow for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, only time will tell, given that Beijing and the cities that to be part of the venues to host the winter games are in snow zone.