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Diplomatic Boycott of Olympics a ‘Farce’, Says China | Olympic Games


China is not worried that the absence of the dignitaries could set off a chain reaction, as many heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families have registered to attend, the ministry spokesman said. Foreign Affairs Wang Wenbin to reporters at a daily press briefing.

The three countries have said they will not send government dignitaries to the Games February 4-20 to protest human rights violations in China.

New Zealand said it had informed Beijing earlier that it would not send any dignitaries due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic, but said it has also raised human rights concerns.

Despite the diplomatic boycott, countries will still send their athletes to compete.

Mr. Wang said China has not sent invitations to the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom and that it doesn’t matter whether their dignitaries come or not, they will see the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Sport has nothing to do with politics. They are the ones who wrote, directed and performed this farce.

A quote from Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

China is not only convinced that there will be no chain reaction, but sees overwhelming global support for the Games, he said.

By now, many Heads of State, Heads of Government and Members of the Royal Family have registered to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, and we welcome them, said Wang.

China has pledged to respond to the United States with firm countermeasures due to the boycott, but gave no details on how she plans to retaliate.

Calls for a total boycott

Human rights groups have called for a total boycott of the Beijing Winter Games, citing human rights violations by China against its Uyghur minority in the northwestern Xinjiang region, which some described as genocide.

They also highlight Beijing’s suppression of democratic protests in Hong Kong and a radical crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous territory.

Canada’s move came as no surprise amid the sharp deterioration in bilateral relations since China arrested two Canadians in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies. and daughter of the company’s founder, following an American extradition request.

Canada and others condemned what they called the hostage policy, while China has described the charges against Huawei and Ms. Meng as a politically motivated attempt to curb China’s economic and technological development.

China, the United States and Canada concluded what was essentially a prisoner swap earlier this year, but the reputation of the Chinese government has been severely tarnished in Canada.

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