US News Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State for Trump, joins calls to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

03:05  06 march  2021
03:05  06 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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© AFP "The Olympics are an expression of freedom and athletic talent. Organize them in Beijing is totally inappropriate, "insisted Mike Pompeo.

Mike Pompeo on Friday joined Republican officials and figures in calling for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The former head of American diplomacy Mike Pompeo joined on Friday the elected officials and figures of the Republican Party who call for the boycott of the Winter Olympics 2022 to Beijing , to punish the Chinese authorities human rights.

"They must not be standing over there," told former Donald Trump secretary of state in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. "Inappropriate"

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"We cannot allow our athletes to go to Beijing and reward the Chinese Communist Party while it does all the bad things it is doing across the world" , he said. he adds.

“The Olympics are an expression of freedom and athletic talent. Organizing them in Beijing is totally inappropriate, ” insisted Mike Pompeo.

The ex-minister spearheaded the Cold War-like confrontation with China in the final months of the Trump administration. However, this hawk did not take a stand for a boycott of the Olympics-2022 while he was head of the State Department, until January 20.

He assured Friday that he had

"worked on this subject in the last months" for "to find the best approach" in order to " punish the Chinese Communist Party as much as possible". Appeals which multiply

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Appeals to the new President Joe Biden

are multiplying in the Republican ranks, in particular in Congress, for him to decide on a boycott, in the name of human rights and in particular of the fate reserved by Beijing for Muslims Uyghurs, described as "genocide" by Washington. The Winter Olympics are due to open on February 4, 2022, just six months after the Tokyo Summer Olympics, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Human rights organizations accuse China of interning up to one million Uyghurs in camps in Xinjiang.

China denies this figure and claims that these people are taken to vocational training centers, intended to help them find jobs in order to keep them away from the temptation of religious extremism.

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