Hosting both versions of the Olympics is an assertion of China's commanding position in geopolitics, business, trade and economy, science and technology, defence and arts and entertainment, to name a few.
With the success of the Winter Olympics and China's national dignity at stake, Beijing is doubling down on its 'zero-tolerance' COVID-19 policy. Across China, more than 20 million people are in some form of lockdown.
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The 2020 Games were delayed until "no later than summer 2021", but Tony Estanguet said the first postponement of an Olympics during peacetime would not affect the Paris edition, which will now be staged three years after the Tokyo event