Stanley's blog

It has taken a natural disaster to remove from Chinese and European front pages the man-made mess of the Olympic torch relay and ongoing demonstrations in support of Tibet. We can only hope that the rescue operations are successful and deaths kept to a minimum, but the earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale.

Beijing has rightly suspended coverage of the torch relay and would do well to continue the suspension until after the torch has passed through Tibet.

Let’s hope that nothing else goes wrong before the August Olympic Game. The year of the Rat known as a time for hard work, activity and renewal. How true of this year.

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