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Joe Biden’s possible diplomatic non-boycott of the Olympics “no big deal”

Chinese government controlled propaganda newspaper World time proclaimed Monday that a possible “diplomatic” boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games “was not serious” as it would not result in any athlete’s non-participation.

China is expected to host the Winter Olympics in February despite currently engaging in a long list of human rights atrocities, including genocide. Human rights activists have campaigned for months to urge nations – and business sponsors – to boycott the Olympics, but not a single country or company has agreed to do so as of press time.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) itself has refused to raise human rights issues with the Chinese Communist Party and has actively defended China against accusations of human rights violations, especially against athletes. .

President Joe Biden told reporters last week that a “diplomatic” boycott of the Olympics – which would not be a boycott but would result in the absence of US politicians from the Games – was “something we envision” as a ‘administration. Biden has the backing of Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has expressed his enthusiasm for Americans to engage in the Beijing Olympics.

Following Biden’s comments, reports have surfaced that other nations allied to the United States, including Canada and Australia, may also participate in the Games but refrain from sending government representation.

Beijing is currently experiencing a severe outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus – an illness that originated in Wuhan, China – which has also compromised China’s ability to host the Olympics and would result in countries sending fewer politicians to attend anyway.

The World time, often among China’s most belligerent English-language government media, on Monday called a possible diplomatic “boycott” of the Five Eyes intelligence group – America, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom – “no big deal”. United and New Zealand. citing “experts” approved by the Chinese regime.

Activists gather outside the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, Calif., On November 3, 2021, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing over concerns over China’s human rights record. (FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)

“[E]xperts said that a boycott by the Five Eyes Alliance would “not be a big deal” for the organization of such an anticipated event, let alone spoil the lively atmosphere of the Games, “said the World time reported. “They added that these countries will also face strong pressure from their own players, who have prepared themselves hard and waited for this opportunity for four years but would likely be stuck in the geopolitical game of their own country.”

“Especially with the newly adopted Olympic motto, the IOC wants to emphasize the unity of the world rather than ideological prejudices,” said one of these “experts,” a professor identified as Zhao Jisheng of the Peking Normal University, to the propaganda newspaper.
In a separate article published on Monday, the World time warned the Communist Party that it would “lose if it cared” about a diplomatic “boycott”.

“China once cared about maintaining a harmonious atmosphere with the West and how it was viewed by the rest of the world, especially the West. This must be changed ”, the World time informed. “With the rise of China as a great power and the weakening of the hegemony of the United States, Western superiority has been shaken, creating a strong and unprecedented resistance to China.”

The solution to the diplomatic “boycott”, if it occurs, is to turn China into a military hegemon, the World time declared.

“We need to strengthen our national defense so that the United States and its key allies treat China with respect. Once they are impulsive to counter China, they can only use rhetoric but dare not take real action, ”the state newspaper said. “Over time, they will come to accept a peaceful coexistence with China.”

Another potential solution, he added, is that America’s elites depend heavily on China for their wealth.

“In and of themselves, the United States and the West will debate what comes first – values ​​or economic interests. They are hooked on their own lies and play double-sided without dignity, ”the outlet wrote.

“The elites of the United States and other Western countries do not matter whether they are envious, jealous, hateful, fearful or angry. It is not worthy that China is spending energy and resources worrying about its emotions and attitudes and even trying to reverse its negative thoughts about China ”, World time concluded.

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Over the weekend, the World time scoffed at the idea of ​​a diplomatic “boycott” as a boon to the Olympics, as it would draw more attention to the athletes and draw fewer, possibly unwanted politicians into the event.

“Strictly speaking, a boycott of the Olympics means banning the participation of all athletes from one’s country,” said the World time observed in an editorial. “The diplomatic boycott is a new concept pretty much man-made by Western politicians, which means there is no ban on athletes, but government officials would not attend. “

“Wouldn’t we still call the event the Olympic Games even if the leaders of a few countries do not show up? Were the Games ever intended as a spectacle for government officials? Asked the editorial.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, the more official spokesperson for the communist regime, on Monday spoke of the potential diplomatic “boycott”, accusing those who planned to harm athletes who trained to compete in the Games.

“China has repeatedly said that the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are a milestone for all winter sports athletes around the world. They are the ones who should be in the spotlight, ”Foreign Department spokesman Zhao Lijian said, behind the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the Chinese coronavirus originated in Maryland.

“China strongly opposes the politicization of sport and all actions and words that violate the spirit of the Olympic Charter.

Joe Biden’s possible diplomatic non-boycott of the Olympics “no big deal”

Activists, including members of local Hong Kong Tibetan and Uyghur communities, hold up banners and placards in Melbourne on June 23, 2021, calling on the Australian government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to the death toll. China in human rights. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP via Getty)

Such hype would only undermine the interests of athletes from different countries. “

China appears to care to some extent about having politicians at the games, as dictator Xi Jinping invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to attend this weekend. The Kremlin said it had not yet finalized its travel plans, implying that Putin had accepted the invitation.

Russia is the only country to have spoken out at press time against a diplomatic “boycott”. The highest senator of the Russian Duma, Valentina Matviyenko, on Tuesday described as “unacceptable” any attempt to boycott the Olympics.

“It is particularly sad to hear the rhetoric of the confrontation of colleagues in the parliamentary community,” protested Matviyenko, according to Chinese government news agency Xinhua. “Such statements contradict the spirit of parliamentarism and the Olympic principles.

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