When Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics seven years ago, it was hailed as the crowning glory for the Chinese capital, making the city the first in the world to stage both the Summer and Winter Games.In 2008, the Games was seen as a coming-of-age party for the aspiring world power under President Xi Jinping’s predecessor Hu Jintao. This time around the Beijing Olympics was meant to celebrate China’s superpower status and cement Xi’s political standing at home.Beijing had obviously also…

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