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RMJM boss hits out at Spielberg and other Beijing boycotters

RMJM chief executive Peter Morrison has taken a swipe at Steven Spielberg and others who have backed the boycotting of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Morrison, who’s firm has had an office in Hong Kong for 35 years and offices in Beijing and Shanghai since 2004, said boycotts over China’s human-rights record and its supply of arms to war-torn Sudan would widen the gulf between it and the West.

He said: ‘We’ve worked hard to improve the situation for parts of the built environment in China and we have embraced their Chinese culture. I believe this is the key to the development of the country – not to widen the gulf between it and the Western world.’

'We don’t think that the population should be deprived of world-class facilities because of the problems the country has faced historically,’ he added.

The firm, which has designed the Media Centre for the 2008 Games, is working alongside other European architects including Arup Associates and Herzog & de Meuron, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and Foster + Partners, which has designed the new terminal at Beijing Airport.

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