By Diana Zhang
The Epoch Times Staff Aug 8, 2008
Perhaps the emotional climax for the Chinese audience of the Opening Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics was the entry of the Chinese team, led by the world-famous basketball player Yao Ming carrying the Chinese flag, with a school child with his own small flag walking at Yao Ming’s side.
The Chinese state-controlled media had an article to go with a photo of this scene titled “Chinese Team Flag Bearer Yao Ming Stepping Into the Stadium With Heroic Youngster.”
What the picture published in the official Chinese media does not show is that the flag in Lin’s little hand is upside down, as seen in an uncropped picture that the state-media did not publish.
An upside-down flag is the international nautical convention for “great distress.” In this case, Lin’s flag seems to send the message, “This country is in crisis.”
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