Countries Flock To Boycott 2022 Winter Games In China
China– China is trying to show its vicious teeth in attack as the world boycotts its Winter Games, one after another. This time, Beijing has shot back at the US diplomatic boycott over human rights violations by Beijing on several occasions. In addition, New Zealand has clearly stated that it will not send its representatives to the 2022 games.
The former Chinese envoy to the UK Liu Xiaoming, said that this is utterly preposterous and defies the total spirit of the Olympics. He further said that the Olympics is “not a stage for political posturing and manipulation”. These comments were given on twitter and mimic the emotions of other Chinese officials too.
White House Press Secretary has said clearly that Washington will not be a part of the ‘games fanfare.’ Also, the White House has made it official that it would not send any official or diplomatic representatives to the Winter Games and Paralympics in February, “given the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China’s] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”
New Zealand has followed suit and confirmed no-show of ministerial and diplomatic representatives from their side. Meanwhile, Canada is also marching in the same order as the Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said in a media statement, “We proposed a diplomatic boycott – I think that’s best thing we can do alongside our allies to show pressure.”
Russia isn’t walking the same path as it took to the social media and criticized White House decision. It is not in favour of the U.S. “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying that the Games should be “free of politics.”
The boycott comes as a way to stop the repeated counts of human rights violations that China has been indulging in. This includes the mistreatment of Uighur Muslims or migrant workers and the likes too. Boycott calls have intensified in recent months, as dozens of world governments mull how to respond to Beijing’s continued atrocities. This also includes its intervention on Hong Kong, and other human rights issues.
Demands have further escalated over the case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was not seen for almost three weeks after posting to social media an accusation of sexual assault against Chinese former vice-premier. She was later shown on state media to be in Beijing, but there remain widespread concerns about her wellbeing and level of freedom.