With just two years to go, the People's Republic is paying a bloody price for finishing everything in time for the 2008 Olympics:
"If dangerous working conditions and some of the lowest wages in the world were not enough to contend with, the legions of migrant labourers are now being asked to sacrifice their lives. Among the many slogans hung around the huge Olympic Village to spur on the 2,000-plus workforce is a banner proclaiming: "The quality of work is more important than life".
And workforce deaths have reportedly been spiralling to match the Orwellian slogan.
Of course, it won't be like that in London. Thankfully, our migrant construction workers will not be required to pay in blood.
But the pressure will be just the same. And all we'll have to cope will be taxpayers' money.
Lots of it.