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China warns that several countries are diplomatically boycotting the Beijing Games: “They will pay for it”


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The United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada have announced a diplomatic boycott of the sporting event to denounce human rights violations in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping.Kevin lamarqueReuters
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The chinese government condemn on thursday the diplomatic boycott from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada to the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing in February and promised that they will “pay” their decision.

“The use by the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada of the Olympic platform for a political manipulation is unpopular and isolationist and inevitably [estos pases] they will pay the price for their wrong actions, “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

After the United States and Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada announced on Wednesday a diplomatic boycott of the sporting event to denounce human rights violations in China. The foreign spokesman said that China had not invited the countries in question.

“Whether their official representatives come or not, the Beijing Winter Games will be a success,” he said. “The sport it has nothing to do with politics. The Olympic Games are a great gathering of athletes and sports enthusiasts, not a stage for politicians to put on the show, “he said.

The Games are scheduled for February 4 to 20, but due to the restrictions on the entry of foreigners to China by covid-19, few politicians in the world are expected to travel to Beijing. I know Russian President Vladimir Putin will be present, who accepted the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

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France will not join the diplomatic boycott

For its part, France will send political representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics, as announced on Thursday by the French Minister of Education and Sport, although the issue of a diplomatic boycott will be addressed at the level of the European Union (EU). , as specified by his foreign counterpart.

“We must condemn human rights violations in China, because they exist “, but” when it comes to sports competitions, you have to know how to have the right attitude, “said the Minister of Education and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, on the RMC / BFM buses.

Although the United States and Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada have announced a diplomatic boycott, Blanquer announced that “France will not do it.” His ministry number two, Roxana Maracineanu, participate in the event.

However, after his first meeting with the new German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, the French Chancellor, Jean-Yves Le Drian, assured that the issue “will be addressed between Europeans.”

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