MM: Olympics opening a spectacular, professional affair


The Straits Times attempts to outdo Xinhua in sycophancy, but why only “would” have impressed the world?

CHINA’S opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday was a spectacular and really professional affair which would have impressed the world, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said on Saturday.

The Minister Mentor was at the event accompanied by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

The Chinese government had assigned Mr Yang to accompany Mr Lee, as well as former United States president George H.W. Bush – a significant gesture to demonstrate that the Chinese government treasured its relationship with the former leaders of Singapore and the United States. …

‘They had absolute possession of the sticks, which I think must have impressed everybody there and around the world,’ he said.

‘Three billion people must have seen the effort that they made and the discipline that they showed, and the taiji and all the rest of it.

‘But you must remember, they are choosing from 1,300 million people. As I told the Foreign Minister who was sitting next to me: When you chose one astronaut, you started with 1,500.’

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