May 22, 2022

Beijing calls on Washington to ‘stop disrupting’ its Winter Games

The United States has notably announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Olympics.

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Olympics under tension. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday (January 27th) urged the United States to “stop disturbing” the Beijing Winter Olympics, during a call with his American counterpart Antony Blinken. China will hold an Olympic Games from Feb. 4 to 20 where it hopes to show off its ability to stage a big event amid the pandemic and its athletes’ progress in winter sports.

But Western pressure, particularly American, has increased in recent months on Beijing, accused of violating the rights of the Chinese ethnic minority of the Uyghurs as part of its fight against terrorism. The United States has notably announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Olympics, that is to say that they will not send, at least not officially, diplomatic representatives to the event. Washington convinced several Western allies to do the same.

“The top priority right now is for the United States to stop disrupting the Beijing Winter Olympics,” launched Wang Yi to Antony Blinken, according to a press release from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese official also called on Washington to “stop playing with fire” on the issue of Taiwan or “create all kinds of small factions to oppose China”.

China takes a dim view of the strengthening of ties between the United States and Taiwan. Chinese planes have increased aerial incursions into the island’s defense identification zone in recent months.