Well recently China sent the first chinese into space and now they are leading in the Gold Medal count in the Athens Olympics.
I had this Deja Vu sensation… like when a few decades ago several countries were competing in a space race and using the olympics as a showcase of their national prowess.
This all smells cold war-like too me... is China arriving a "bit" late for the Cold War ? Is it the same mentality ? Or is my imagination too fertile ? :)
(Does China in fact invest heavily in high level sports in order to show off ?)