Title

Xi Jinping at Sochi : leveraging the 2014 Winter Olympics for the China dream

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science

Publication Date

11-5-2015

Keywords

Xi Jinping, China, Sochi Winter Olympics, mega-sports events, 'the China Dream'

Abstract

This paper aims to explain why Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the widely boycotted 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The paper argues that it was not simply to witness how the Russian seaside resort celebrated the extravagant sports event but rather to further demonstrate his ability and determination to realize ‘the China Dream’. The paper concludes that all of Xi’s future foreign visits will deserve critical scholarly scrutiny, as each of them sheds important light on the ways he is seeking to achieve his political goal.

Print ISSN

21640599

E-ISSN

21640602

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Recommended Citation

Chu, M. P. (2015). Xi Jinping at Sochi: Leveraging the 2014 Winter Olympics for the China dream. Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, Advance publication. doi: 10.1080/21640599.2015.1079986