, Dec 7 () –
The Chinese authorities have warned this Tuesday that the boycott by the United States Government of the Winter Olympics, to be held in Beijing, could cause “damage” to the bilateral dialogue and cooperation between the parties in “areas important “.
In a press conference, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, has urged “to leave politics out of the world of sports” and has criticized the measure confirmed by the White House, which has indicated that the decision has been taken in response to human rights violations committed by the Chinese government in the Xinjiang region.
The measure, which implies that no senior US official will attend the sporting event, something that is unprecedented since 1980, has been introduced weeks after US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to ease the tension. between both countries.
Zhao has thus indicated that the country “firmly opposes” the boycott and has announced that Beijing “will take all necessary measures” with “resolution”. “The plan to try to hamper the holding of the Olympics has failed and leads to a loss of moral authority and credibility” on the part of the United States, he said.
In this sense, he has asked Washington to stop mixing politics with sports and has recalled that a boycott goes against the Olympic principles. On Monday, a spokesman for China’s mission to the UN called the decision a “political farce” and said that the success of the sporting event “does not depend on the attendance of a few high-ranking officials from various countries.”
For the Chinese government, the US decision only highlights “its Cold War-style mentality and its intention to politicize the sport, create divisions and provoke confrontation.”