China attacks US diplomatic boycott of Olympics

BEIJING China on Monday threatened to take “firm countermeasures” if the United States launched a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused US politicians of being too extreme about not sending dignitaries to events that China hopes will showcase its economic development and technological prowess. of this country.

Speaking to reporters at a daily briefing, Zhao said such a move would be a “complete political provocation”, but gave no details on how China would pay. chopsticks.

US President Joe Biden has said he is considering a boycott under which American athletes will still compete, and an announcement is expected this week. Advocates of such a step cite China’s poor record on human rights as a justification, saying China is using games to whitewash its ill treatment of activists. civil rights, dissidents and ethnic minorities.


“Unless invited, American politicians continue to hype the so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which is completely unacceptable,” Zhao told reporters at the daily briefing. It’s all fantasy and grandeur.

“If the US side does not want to go its own way, China will take firm countermeasures,” Zhao said.

Sending high-level delegations to each Olympics has long been a tradition between the United States and other leading nations – then-President George W. Bush attended the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. 2008 Beijing Olympics. First lady Jill Biden led the US delegation to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year and second gentleman Doug Emhoff led the delegation to the Paralympic Games.

The possibility of a diplomatic boycott comes as the United States tries to stabilize its turbulent relationship with Beijing, even as it maintains a tough approach to trade and maritime conflicts. China’s actions on Taiwan, human rights, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.


Beijing has reacted harshly to all criticism of the United States, accusing it of meddling in its internal affairs and imposing a visa ban on American politicians it considers anti-China. .

It is unclear who the Americans may have sent to Beijing to attend the games, and Zhao’s comments seem to suggest that China has not renewed any invitations.

Australia, whose relations with China are not in dispute, has also raised the possibility of a diplomatic boycott.

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Huynh Nguyen

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