Spielberg praised for ditching China Games.
Spielberg's move marked a major setback for Beijing and its efforts to keep at bay a months-long campaign by activists to spotlight the authoritarian communist regime's human rights record.
Although not entirely unexpected, it caught Beijing organisers flat-footed.
Spielberg, whose 2005 film Munich dealt with the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, said he had signed his contract to serve as an artistic adviser to the Games' opening and closing ceremonies in hopes that dialogue with China would produce results.
China is believed to have special influence with Sudan because it buys two-thirds of the country's oil exports, while selling the regime weapons and defending Khartoum in the UN.
"While China's representatives have conveyed to me that they are working to end the terrible tragedy in Darfur, the grim realities of the suffering continue unabated," Spielberg said.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Feb 14, 2008|
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