Global Times: "Ideological conflicts between China and the West will escalate before the…Olympics in 2022 as anti-Chinese forces will converge to make trouble for China. This event will [be] a catalyst for China's growth in mentality as a major power."
Global Times: "China used to care about maintaining a harmonious atmosphere with the West and the way being regarded by the rest of the world, particularly by the West. This needs to be changed."
Global Times: "The elites of the US…do not matter much whether they are envious, jealous, hateful, fearful or angry. It's not worthy for China to…care about their emotions and attitudes and even attempt to reverse their negative thoughts toward China."
Global Times: "How the Games will turn out is not just a matter for China…Western countries want to destroy the Olympics which represents noble spirits…We need to grow strong in national defense so that the US and its…allies will treat China with awe."

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