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China’s summer Olympics: ‘The world is watching’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--On 08/08/08 at eight minutes past 8 p.m., the summer Olympics will begin in Beijing, China, fully in tune with Chinese tradition to the tiniest detail, even to its kickoff time.       Eight is the number of prosperity and fortune in China. And in a lot of ways, the Olympics have brought just that.       "It's a matter of national pride that they are able to host this worldwide event. To them, in many ways, it is a coming out party," says Joyce Glover, a representative of the International Mission Board's East Asia region. "It's showing the world they can do it, that they can meet global standards."