The Herald-Tribune reported that Beijing to do something about Sudan, a country it provides weapons and cash to in exchange for oil, to stop the genocide in Darfur. According to reports, this has a lot to do with Mia Farrow, and her calls for a boycott of the 2008 Olympics. In an op-ed letter to the Wall Street Journal, Farrow warned Steven Spielburg, the artistic coordinator for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, that he could "go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games":
According to Beijing, Farrow is only interested in this issue because she wants to make a name for herself. This seems a bit on the dubious side, though, especially considering that first, Farrow has been making great films for 40 years (see "Rosemary's Baby", "Hannah and Her Sisters", etc. if you don't believe me), and second, she's more or less retired as an actress.
It's like my friend Eric was saying: in the future, the world should give China more of what they want (the Olympics, for example) because it puts them in a position where they must protect their "face". In this position, they seem to be a more responsible and cooperative world-player.