China slams Winter Olympics boycott: US will bear the consequences

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

China condemn United States of America for boycotting diplomatically Winter Olympics which will be held in Beijing in 2022. They also vowed to retaliate against the US.

“The US will bear the consequences. Just you wait,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, as quoted by AFP, Tuesday (7/12).

Lijian said the US boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics was a form of ideological prejudice.

“US attempts to interfere with the Beijing Winter Olympics constitute ideological prejudice, based on lies and rumours. [Upaya ini] just showing their evil intentions, “Lijian said.

He later said, “The Winter Olympics is not a stage of politics and political manipulation.”

Lijian made this statement after the US officially announced that it would be boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics diplomatically.

“Government [Presiden Joe] Biden will not send diplomatic representation to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics,” White House Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. AFP.

Psaki said the US took the decision because of reports of genocide and crimes against humanity that China is still committing in Xinjiang and other areas.

However, this boycott is only diplomatic. This means that the US will not send officials to the Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, the US will still send athletes to compete.

The issue of this boycott has been circulating for the past month or so. President Joe Biden has admitted that his government is considering a boycott of the Winter Olympics.

Rumors grew stronger when CNN reported that the Biden administration was preparing to announce the boycott this week.

Shortly after the issue surfaced, Lijian had also stated that China would retaliate if the US did announce a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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