Guangzhou: the Asian Games and the Chinese 'gold-fest': geopolitical issues for Australia

Horton, Peter (2013) Guangzhou: the Asian Games and the Chinese 'gold-fest': geopolitical issues for Australia. International Journal of the History of Sport, 30 (10). pp. 1165-1175.

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At the Guangzhou Asian Games, the performances of China's athletes, the officials and the host city of Guangzhou were outstanding. China's journey to the Asian Games in Guangzhou and the accompanying political and sporting machinations throughout are considered in the initial discussion of this essay. The analysis subsequently focuses on Australia's metamorphosis as an 'Asian' nation and the sporting, cultural and diplomatic implications this could have for Australia and China. Would this signal Australia's egress from the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth per se, thus cutting the British Imperial umbilicus? The presence of Australia at the Asian Games may also enhance the soft power ambitions China has for its engagement in the Asian Games; succeeding in competitions that include a global sports 'heavyweight' like Australia would add kudos to the performances of Chinese athletes. How would Australia benefit from this shift? Considering Australia's geopolitical and economic ties with East Asia would an increased level of sporting engagement with China concomitantly produce cultural, economic and political successes? In the long term, Australia may inevitably become part of the post-colonial East Asian world: the future world of power, wealth and geopolitical influence.

Item ID: 27914
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-9035
Keywords: Guangzhou; Asian Games; China; geopolitics; Australia
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This article appears in the special issue: The Asian Games: Modern Metaphor for 'The Middle Kingdom' Reborn – Political Statement, Cultural Assertion, Social Symbol

Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 22:56
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