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China warns of ‘robust response’ if US boycotts Winter Olympics

White House maintains that there isn’t a boycott being mentioned with worldwide allies.

China, hosts of subsequent 12 months’s Winter Olympics, has warned the United States to not boycott the occasion because the Biden administration works to rally help to place stress on Beijing over its human rights file.

A spokesperson for China’s overseas ministry, Zhao Lijian, rejected accusations of abuses in opposition to ethnic minorities within the Xinjiang area, warning of an unspecified “robust Chinese response” to a possible Olympics boycott.

“The politicisation of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” Lijian mentioned. “The international community including the US Olympic Committee will not accept it.”

Following preliminary experiences over the likelihood of an Olympic boycott, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made clear on Wednesday that such an choice was not being mentioned.

“We have not discussed, and are not discussing, any joint boycott with allies and partners,” Psaki mentioned.

The International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee have mentioned up to now they oppose boycotts.

An athlete takes half in a velocity skating competitors held as a check occasion for the 2022 Winter Olympics [File: Tingshu Wang/Reuters]

“We at the USOPC oppose athlete boycotts because they’ve been shown to negatively impact athletes while not effectively addressing global issues in the past,” mentioned Susanne Lyons, chair of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee board of administrators.

The committee doesn’t want to “minimise the serious human rights issues that are happening in China” however believes diplomats and commerce and different authorities officers are higher outfitted to deal with such considerations and “young athletes should be used as political pawns in these issues”.

‘Crime against humanity’

Human rights teams are mounting worldwide stress in opposition to China’s internet hosting the video games to attract consideration to Beijing abuses in opposition to Uighurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.

In late March, the US, Canada and the UK joined the EU to take what they described as “coordinated action” in opposition to China to ship “a clear message about the human rights violations and abuses” in Xinjiang – a area populated by the Muslim Uighur minority.

The sanctions blacklisted former and present officers within the Xinjiang area for alleged abuses, which have sparked worldwide outrage.

Every week later, the US State Department launched its 2020 human rights report accusing China of committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” in opposition to Uighur.

The United Nations has mentioned multiple million Uighur and different largely Muslim Turkic-speaking residents of the northwestern area have been held in a community of camps that China has referred to as vocational expertise coaching centres in recent times.

China has denied the allegations.

Rights teams mentioned they’ve additionally been subjected to different abuses together with restrictions on freedom of faith together with being pressured to eat pork.

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