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Is the London Olympics ‘Made in China’?

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LONDON— Emerging sports super-power China may not have won the medal race against the United States, but it certainly topped the gold race elsewhere in the 30th Olympic Games in London.

From Olympic food to athletes’ uniforms to souvenirs, things are Chinese. At the Athletes Village, the International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre, Chinese food is the runaway winner.

The Americans, the Chinese’s main rivals in the medals race, have uniforms made in China. In fact, their Ralph Lauren-designed outfit for the Opening Ceremonies drew an outcry in the United States, particularly lawmakers, as being unpatriotic for being made in China.

The London 2012 shops, including the Mega Store at the Olympic Park, are packed daily with shoppers of souvenirs – from T-shirts and coffee mugs to pins and key rings and national flags – all made in China.

The ultimate irony at these shops is that the Union Jack, Great Britain’s flag and symbol of the hosts’ unbridled patriotism in the Olympic Games, are made in China.

Who knows, the Chinese will win the 2016 Olympic Games race for medals, all made in China.

Meanwhile, a number of North Korea’s athletes – 15 men and 41 women – were taking it all in at the Olympic Games as the London spectacular prepared to shut down with Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies. The North Koreans were a permanent fixture at the one of most popular food areas at the giant mess hall of the Athletes Village.

A Philippine delegation official said the ubiquitous North Koreans were at McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner for more than 18 days. They ate and drank everything on the menu. Looking in awe at the giant golden arch that might very well be the trade mark of imperialist America, the North Koreans appeared to be very excited and animated as they talked, apparently about what to eat next.

McDonalds is one of the major worldwide sponsors of the Games and provides hamburgers, fries and floats to the athletes – for free.


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  • reddfrog

    Boycott the Olympics! Oops too late.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AHDPMS4BJI3JWYICWYMBSPVTRU Jay

      it’s a red flag of illiterate chinese… it’s because the chinese including the gay (bakla) to whom i replied can’t pronounce well and don’t know how to spell, red flag became “reddfrog” which this gay is using as his [ her, i mean] name… nyahahaha!!! bwahahahaha!!!

  • Bruce Coursolle

    there is more nutrition in the straw they eat in n. korea

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM4KMWWAI7WNRGETK4REND7TDA Jason

      The North Koreans who are actually starving would beg to differ.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    That’s why I don’t buy happy meals for my kids, or my relatives’ kids, anymore. Takaw tingin lang sa mga bata mga laruan na yan at tatambak lang sa sulok. Madali pang masira pati. Maging resourceful lang tayo pag-hanap ng matinong laruan na HINDI gawa Tsina para tuloy boycott.

  • AFPako

    Lutong CHina lahat, hahaha. Why ? Because whtie azzes are lazy azzes . THey dont wanna make the little things in life.They feel degraded when working in sweaty cloth factories , smelly shoe factories, cooking fastfood the old fashion by stir frying, making nick knocks and little souveniers. To them those belong to third world countries. So thats the reason China comes in,  they make them so many little souvenier items for cheap. Konti konti basta may pera dumadating. Hindi sila yayaman ng mabibilis pero kikita rin. 

    While the theres growing anti CHinese sentiments on poor quality , bakit patuloy pa rin bumibili ang mga tao. Bec they want cheap products and quality. Today s world that cannot be possible. You get what you pay for. Theres no such thing as free lunch, theres never one in the past . If you want quality , shell your hardearned money and dont complain of the high prices. If you cant shell the money , then settle for less quality products. China is just answering to the call of the consumers —-cheap , cheap and cheap is what we wanted.

  • boybakal

    Whether the uniform,food is Made in China….the Athletes are not Made in China, the winners are mostly Made in America.
    If it is Made in China, Olympic records will not be Broken…Athletes are made of High Quality.
    Who cares, we enjoyed the Olympics….

  • http://twitter.com/AmbisyosaKemang Ambisyosa

    What’s the problem of this article’s writer, Artemio Jun Engracia? People have been so happy watching the Olympics, it was optimistic, friendly; a time for unity.

    I have been reading all the good reviews of the closing ceremony and all the good feedbacks from the athletes.

    And here you are whining.

  • jeng99

    Just for info! Alam po ba nyo lahat ng gawa kuno sa pinas mula sa laruan, sapatos/tsinelas, unan, damit, spare parts ng saksakyan at kung ano-ano pa. In short halos lahat ng raw materials ay galing Tsina at kung dapat natin iboycott gawin sa lokal din ksi sila mas tumatangkilik ng produkto Tsina na binebenta sa atin. Akala ng nakakarami yun derechong galing Tsina lang maaring meron Heavy Metal at baka pati yun lokal product natin. 

  • quphal

    reality check lang; hindi na natin kelangan ang olympics to find out the truth. right now, mula dyan sa kinalalagyan mo, maghanap ka ng mga bagay na hindi made in china. i bet nakalabas ka na ng room pero hindi pa umaabot sa 10 ang count mo.



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