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China says Australia, UK, US must pay for wrongdoing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Australia, Britain and the United States will pay for their “wrong actions” after deciding not to send a government delegation to the Winter Olympics in February in Beijing. China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The United States was the first to announce the boycott, saying on Monday its government officials would not attend the Olympics from February 4 to 20 because of China’s “brutal behavior” on human rights, weeks after talks aimed at de-escalating tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

“The United States, Britain and Australia have used the Olympic platform for political manipulation,” said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry.

“They will pay for their misdeeds,” he told a regular news conference.

Relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated markedly under former US President Donald Trump and the Biden administration has maintained pressure on China.

The disagreements centered on various issues including trade, the origin of the coronavirus and China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision not to send officials to the Olympics was made because the country was having difficulty reopening diplomatic channels with China to discuss human rights in remote areas. western Xinjiang and China’s moves to block Australian imports.

China has denied any wrongdoing in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur minority, and says allegations of abuse of power are fabricated.

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation banning imports from Xinjiang over concerns about forced labor, one of three measures overwhelmingly supported as Washington pushed back against Beijing’s treatment of its diaspora. Uyghur.

“China firmly opposes this,” said Gao Feng, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, referring to the US action.

“The United States should immediately stop its wrongdoing. We will take necessary measures to resolutely protect China’s legitimate rights and interests,” Gao said at a regular news conference.

The US is practicing unilateralism, protectionism and bullying China in the name of “human rights”, he said.

The US stance will seriously harm the interests of companies and consumers of the two countries, exacerbate global supply chain tensions and weigh on the global economic recovery, Gao warned. newspaper.

The House of Commons supported the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” overwhelmingly 428-1. To become law, it must also pass the Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, ​​Jing Xu and Stella Qiu; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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