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China Protests US Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics; warns against resolute countermeasures

An outraged China filed a stern protest with the US on Tuesday, hours after the White House announced the “diplomatic boycott” of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, saying it was against the Olympic spirit and warning of “resolute countermeasures” against Washington.

The US will carry out a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, US White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday, citing alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang province against minority groups — a move expected to further advance the already turbulent US. will harm. Chinese tires.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denounced the US action, saying the accusation of genocide against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang was a “lie of the century made up” by Washington.

“Out of ideological bias, lies and rumors, the US is trying to disrupt the Beijing Winter Olympics. This will further expose his malicious intentions and lead to the loss of moral authority and credibility,” he said.

The label best suits the US, he said, referring to the crimes committed against Native Americans in the past.

China has mounted a major propaganda offensive in recent months to deny allegations of massive human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, where it has been accused of detaining thousands in camps as part of the crackdown on the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement. (ETIM).

Zhao said the US boycott violates the Olympic charter’s principle that sport must maintain both political neutrality and the Olympic motto of standing together.

“China regrets and rejects this and made solemn protests and will take resolute countermeasures,” he said, vowing retaliation from Beijing.

When asked what retaliation Beijing would take, he said: “Stay tuned.” Top US officials, including President Joe Biden, have criticized Beijing for human rights violations against Uyghurs in northwestern Xinjiang province, suppression of democratic protests in Hong Kong, military aggression against the self-ruled island of Taiwan and more.

He also looked to the US for the “diplomatic boycott” decision before invitations were sent out for the Winter Olympics scheduled for February 4-20 in Beijing and cities in neighboring Hebei province.

“Before receiving an invitation, the US side links the presence of government officials to so-called human rights issues in Xinyang,” he said.

The invitations should be sent by the National Olympic Committees, Zhao said.

“These are the rules of the Olympics. Whether the US official attends the Beijing Games to support their athletes is their own decision,” he said.

“China will certainly present a streamlined, safe and beautiful Winter Olympics to the world,” he said.

The US must stop politicizing sports and stop disrupting the Beijing Winter Olympics with words or deeds or it could harm dialogue and cooperation on bilateral and international issues, he said.

In Washington, White House press secretary Psaki said: “The Biden administration will not send a diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang in the PRC ( People’s Republic of China). and other human rights violations.” The diplomatic boycott meant that no top US official or its diplomats will participate in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics, tarnishing the glamor of the prestigious event that also marks the Chinese capital. only city in the world to host both the summer (2008) and winter Olympics, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

US first lady Jill Biden led the US contingent to this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo and second Mr. Doug Emhoff led a delegation to the Paralympic Games.

China has already announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which will take place next February.

“The athletes of Team USA have our full support. We will be 100 percent behind them, while encouraging them from home,” said Psaki, adding that “we will not contribute to the fanfare of the games.” In addition to the US, the EU and several other Western countries are expected to Diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics.

New Zealand has announced it will not send ministerial-level diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said. He cited COVID-19 as the reason.

Adding to China’s woes was the recent sex scandal involving one of the top former Chinese Communist Party officials, Zhang Gaoli, which led the World Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to announce a suspension of all its tournaments in China.

Peng Shuai, 35, a three-time Olympian and two-time Grand Slam winner in doubles, was reported missing after she alleged via Chinese social media account WeChat on Nov. 17 that she had been involved in a sexual relationship by former China Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli. forced. 75, following his retirement from power in 2017.

Her explosive #MeToo accusation posted on her WeChat account was removed from social media by Chinese censors. Subsequently, the reports about her disappearance caused an international furore.

The UN, the US and a host of international tennis stars, including Serena Williams and Billie Jean King, expressed concern over Peng’s sudden disappearance and asked China to disclose her whereabouts.

The WTA has suspended events in China even after the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said she was safe following a video call with her.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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