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World China warns US and its allies not to boycott Beijing Games, politicize the Olympics

10:15  08 april  2021
10:15  08 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

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China ’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. Human rights groups are protesting China ’s hosting of the games , due to start in February 2022. They have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.

BEIJING (AP) — China ’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U . S . Olympic Committee will not accept it.” Human rights groups are protesting China ’s hosting of the games , due to start in February 2022.

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  • Chinese officials said the US would face a "robust response" if it boycotts the Winter Olympics.
  • This warning came after the US said it was in talks with "allies" to boycott the Beijing Games.
  • Japan has also quickly denied that it is in talks with the US over a possible Winter Olympics boycott.
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China has cautioned the US that any hint of a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing would be met with a "robust Chinese response."

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BEIJING - China 's government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. He warned of an unspecified "robust Chinese response" to a potential Olympics boycott . "The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries," said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian.

China warned Wednesday of a "robust" response from the communist nation if the U . S . dares to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing , but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no discussions about doing such a thing — while acknowledging China 's ongoing genocide of the In reaction, a representative for the Chinese Communist Party's Foreign Ministry warned the Biden administration of a "robust Chinese response" at the prospect of boycotting the Beijing Games , the AP reported. "The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the

"The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries," said Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

"The international community, including the US Olympic Committee, will not accept it," he added.

The Washington Post reported that Zhao simultaneously rejected all allegations that the Chinese government was abusing ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Insider reported on Wednesday that the US was mulling a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, over concerns about the Chinese government's record on human rights. The US opposes the Chinese government's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, its cultural and religious oppression of the Tibetan people, and its political stranglehold over Hong Kong's electoral system.

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Human rights groups are protesting China holding the games , which are set to open on February 4, 2022. They accuse China of carrying out human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims, as well as people in Tibet and Hong Kong. Activists have sought support for their cause from national Olympic committees China ’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott , warning of a “robust” Chinese reaction if it did. “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.

BEIJING (AP) — China ’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang He warned of an unspecified “robust Chinese response” to a potential Olympics boycott . “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to open on Feb. 4 next year, and China has continually denied all charges of human rights abuses, even in the face of sanctions from the US and EU.

"These Games remain some time away. I wouldn't want to put a timeframe on it, but these discussions are underway," spokesperson Ned Price said in a State Department press briefing. "A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners."

"This is one of the issues that are on the agenda, both now and going forward," Price added, clarifying as well that a final decision on whether or not to move forward with a boycott had not been arrived at.

Yahoo Sports later reported that an unnamed State Department official said as well that no talks with allies about a joint boycott were ongoing, saying: "We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners."

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  Doing business in China is difficult. A clash over human rights is making it harder Companies that want to do business in China have long made compromises in the pursuit of success. Now an escalating diplomatic dispute over human rights is underscoring the stark choice facing Western executives: put profit or principles first. © Kevin Frayer/Getty Images BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 25: People walk by the flagship store of clothing brand H&M at a shopping area on March 25, 2021 in Beijing, China. Many on Chinese social networking platforms called for boycotts of major Western brands, including H&M, after statements made by the companies in the past about Xinjiang cotton resurfaced online.

China s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U . S . Olympic Committee will not accept it.” Human rights groups are protesting China ’s hosting of

Chinese officials on Wednesday sharply condemned a potential U . S . boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing after U . S . officials denied that such a plan was being considered. The Associated Press reported that Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan told reporters that the U . S . should not politicize the Olympics and warned of a "robust Chinese response" should the U . S . go through with a boycott . “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said Lijian.

Japan was quick to distance itself from the tiff as well, as Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato denied on Wednesday that the country was in talks with the US on a possible boycott.

The US Olympic Committee told Insider yesterday that they opposed Games boycotts, considering the negative impact that these withdrawals could have on athletes.

"We believe the more effective course of action is for the governments of the world and China to engage directly on human rights and geopolitical issues," said the committee in a statement to Insider.

The US last boycotted the Olympics during the 1980 Moscow Games, after the Soviet Union failed to meet then-president Jimmy Carter's deadline to pull its troops out of Afghanistan.

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Biden administration not discussing boycott of Beijing Olympics: White House .
The Biden administration is not discussing a potential boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday, walking back a suggestion from the State Department the day prior."Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners," Psaki said Wednesday."We of course consult closely with allies and partners at all levels to define our common concerns and establish a shared approach but there is no discussion underway of a change in our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics from the United States' point of view," she

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