The Communist Party USA has issued a statement concerning the fast approaching 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. In reference to outcry from some quarters concerning China’s human rights record, often specifically focused on Tibet, the CPUSA has echoed the line of IOC President Jacques Rogge for preserving the Olympics’ tradition of political neutrality:
It is no secret that there are many who would like to do whatever is possible to undermine Chinaâ€™s status as a peacefully rising power. We urge the world community to respect China and not interfere in its internal affairs.
While in general we believe everyone has the right to dissent, we fully agree with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, who said:
â€œWe do ask that there be no propaganda or demonstrations at Olympic Games venues for the very good and simple reason that we have 205 countries and territories represented, many of whom are in conflict, and the Games are not the place to take political or religious stances.â€
We believe that any call for a boycott of the Beijing games should be completely rejected.
Interestingly, the statement lauds China’s achievements made “in the last 25 years,” which very roughly coincides with China’s moves away from doctrinaire Communism. The full text, which includes the broader rationalizations underlying the statement, can be found here.