The Beijing Olympic Games, I hear, were to be the occasion for China to stride boldly onto the global stage and proclaim themselves to be a major player.

There’s a problem with being on the stage: The lights are pretty damn bright. Even an audience who wants to see you succeed can see the theatrical makeup.

China’s communist government routinely filters its citizens’ access to the Internet, but in the runup to the Olympics Chinese officials and officials with the International Olympic Committee vowed there would be no censorship of the Internet for accredited journalists covering the games.

Some sites were unblocked 10 days ago after reporters arriving to cover the games found them blocked and complained to the IOC, but others remain inaccessible, including sites related to the Tiananmen Square protests, Tibet, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama.

…A statement by Chinese officials indicated they had gone as far as they intend to go.

“As in any other country, there are some kinds of limitations,” Wang [Wang Wei, executive vice president of BOCOG, the Olympic organizing committee] added. “However, I think we are going to provide sufficient access for the media to cover the games.”

[From AP: Some Web sites remain blocked at Beijing Olympics]