This may be a rather sensitive issue but since it has crossed my mind every now and then, I thought I should get the benefit of your views. Politically, Hong Kong and Macau now form part of China. But I believe that in many areas these two countries operate as in the past when they were under British and Portuguese administration. And this includes badminton. Hong Kong and Macau have their own national teams and play as separate entities in IBF tournaments. (I wonder whether they will be allowed to do so in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens?) The consequence of this is that Hong Kong and Macau players can continue to play for their respective entities without having to fight for a place in the China national team, although politically speaking, they are part of China. But their presence in world badminton as three separate entities may deprive other (weaker) badminton nations of a place, especially in team events like the TC, UB or the Sudirman Cup. What do you think?