China warned today that USA “He will pay a price” after Washington announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in protest of human rights abuses in the Asian country.
“The United States will pay a price for its wrongdoing”, said today the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Zhao Lijian, who also announced that Beijing has presented an official protest to Washington over the boycott.
SIGHT: The US announces a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics for human rights abuses.
On Monday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that the US government will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Games for “the genocide and crimes against humanity that persist in (China’s northwestern region of) Xinjiang, as well as other human rights abuses ”in China.
The Chinese government has repeatedly denied that these abuses exist and has also reiterated that they are nothing more than “a smear campaign.”
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“The United States is trying to upset the Games based on its ideological bias, lies and rumors. But the boycott will only make people around the world see even more clearly his sinister intentions, and it will further erode his credibility and morality. “Zhao added.
Meanwhile, the official Global Times newspaper said today through the social network Twitter that China breathes “relieved” after the announcement of the boycott: “The fewer US officials come, the less viruses they will bring”, reads one of his last entries.
The Winter Games will be held between February 4 and 20 in the Chinese capital, which already hosted the summer games in 2008.
Washington decided not to prohibit the participation of American athletes, something that would have meant a complete boycott of the Games, because it does not want to “penalize” athletes who have been training for months or years to prepare for the Olympics.
The Chinese government indicated last week that it had no plans to invite US politicians to the event, although it specified that the International Olympic Committee had the last word on that possibility.
On the sidelines, the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, recalled yesterday that this boycott is not the only step that his country has taken or will take in response to the crimes against humanity that, in his opinion, are being committed in China.
“When the United States speaks, when the United States takes action, the world listens,” said Price, who, after recalling that this type of boycott is a sovereign decision that each country must make, acknowledged that his government expects others to follow suit. and make the same decision in the next few days.
So far, the only country that has joined the US initiative is New Zealand, which announced on Tuesday that it will not send diplomatic representatives to the Olympics either.
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