CHINA / DIPLOMACY
China expresses firm opposition to Pelosi’s call for ‘diplomatic boycott’ of 2022 Beijing Olympics
Published: May 19, 2021 05:39 PM
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Sept. 10, 2020. Photo: Xinhua



China expressed strong dissatisfaction after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a "diplomatic boycott" of the 2022 Beijing Olympics over so-called "persecution" of Uygur people.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday at a routine press conference that some US individual's personal statements are full of lies and fake information and represent a typical American farce that is bound to fail.

"Some people in the US hype themselves up as moral authority. I don't know where they got the nerve to say so," said spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

"Racism is a 400-year-old scar in the US that is still bleeding," Zhao said, noting that the US is not qualified to teach others about human rights while white supremacy, discrimination against African and Asian Americans continues and Islamophobia still spreads in the country. 

Zhao said some US individuals are worried about people from other countries going to the Beijing Olympics or visiting China because the visits would offer them the real picture of China's human rights and ruthlessly tear down the lies concocted by anti-China forces. 

This will only expose the real US intention of using human rights issues to divert attention from the US' own historical and present human rights crimes, disclose the US' motive of containing China's development under the guise of so-called human rights issues, and expose the hypocrisy of the so-called democracy and human rights of the US, Zhao noted. 

The politicization of sports goes against the spirit of the Olympic Charter and harms the interests of athletes from all countries and the international Olympic cause. Governments and Olympic Committees in many countries as well as the International Olympic Committee have clearly objected to such move, Zhao said, 

Holding the 2022 Winter Olympics is an important contribution China will make to international Olympic sports, while sports fans are also highly anticipating the Beijing Winter Olympics. 

Zhao said the preparations for the 2022 Olympics are progressing smoothly and China is confident it can hold the Olympic Games in a simple, safe and exciting way, and that China urges US politicians to stop their despicable political tricks and not stand on the opposite side of athletes and Olympic sports fans.

Global Times
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