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US-China rivalry fueled by boycott and democracy

Days before Washington this week announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, China released a white paper touting its own democracy and criticizing America’s.

Two elements may have been decisive for a boycott in the US, which had been uncertain for months. The first is the public disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai, with Beijing ignoring calls from the International Tennis Association to provide information about her whereabouts.

Then there was the case of Lithuania, whose exports to China were virtually halted by Beijing after the recognition of Taiwan, ignoring WTO’s free trade provisions.

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