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During a visit to Japan on Sunday, George Bush announced that he plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, deeming a boycott of the event "an affront to the Chinese people". One of our Observers for the US reminds us that in contrast, Bush didn't bother going to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Angela Merkel and Gordon Brown have said that they will not be going. Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country has just taken over the rotating EU presidency, has said that he'll announce his decision at the G8 summit, which opened on the Japanese island of Hokkaido today. According to sources close to the French president he is planning to go. He will also pay a visit to the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, before the trip.
Chris in Paris writes for Americablog.
The only "affront" is Bush's disregard for human rights, whether in China or Guantanamo. Could you honestly imagine Reagan going to this event or worrying about what China thinks? I didn't like Reagan, but never in a million years would he have attended or been so friendly to the Beijing regime."