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Remembering the 2008 Beijing Olympics

2022 Winter Olympics far less likely to see such goodwill

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Lit-up Olympic rings at the top of the Olympic Tower, pictured on Feb. 4: Beijing keeps getting more toys at the expense of the rest of the country.   © Reuters

Henny Sender is a managing director at BlackRock in Hong Kong, and a senior adviser to the BlackRock Investment Institute.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics were the ritualistic coming-of-age party for Asia's biggest nation, comparable to the proud celebration of economic achievements seen at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1988 Games in Seoul -- just played out on a far larger stage.

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