At a press conference held on August 6, 2007, Jiang Xiaoyu, one of the executive vice presidents of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games said, "We disagree with the attempt to politicize the Olympics. We are opposed to such a practice."
The Shougang Group (The Capital Steel Group), the third largest iron and steel company in China, is recruiting vehicle drivers from its employees for the Olympics. These drivers will serve members from the International Olympics Committee, delegation leaders from overseas, sponsor representatives and other international dignitaries. Applicants who are Communist Party members and Communist Youth League members are preferred while those who have been involved with Falun Gong and other banned religious groups will be excluded.
Li Jinhua, the Auditor General of China’s National Audit Office, stated that in 2006 the central government had questionable losses in the amount of 12 billion yuan due to corruption and mismanagement.
According to Legal Weekly reprinted by the official Xinhua site on July 27, 2007, some provinces in China are experiencing a serious shortage of judges. "In many courts in cities and prefectures such as Huahua and Xianxi in Hunan Province, we are missing over one-third of the needed judges," reported the article.
Security will be tight for the Olympics. "Beijing’s Olympics Intelligence Center will conduct background checks and risk assessments on all athletes attending the Olympics in Beijing." "Once found questionable, the person will be denied a visa and barred from entering China. No explanations will be provided."
On June 25, 2007, Hu Jintao, the Communist Party Secretary, the President of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission spoke at the Central Party School of the Communist Party in Beijing. Hu’s speech has not been made public, but People’s Daily issued a series of editorials on the speech. The most recent editorial, published on August 15, 2007, is titled, "Promoting Chinese Style Socialism amid Challenges."