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03 September 2009 

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beijing olympics

Fireworks light up night sky over 'Bird's Nest' stadium in Beijing, during Olympics closing ceremony, 25 Aug 2008

China hosts this year's Summer Olympic Games from August 8-24. This will be the third time the Olympics are held under the jurisdiction of two National Olympic Committees - mainland China and Hong Kong compete separately. Hosting the Summer Games is an important event in China's history and the government considers it a symbol of its increasing power and international influence.

Athletes will be competing in 302 events in 28 sports held in various Chinese cities.

In this series of reports VOA takes an in-depth look at the Beijing Olympics.

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