Anti-China forces stirring trouble ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics: Global Times

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The Winter Olympics in Beijing next year will be a “rite of passage” for China to become a mature major power, the state-backed Global Times said in an editorial Tuesday, arguing that anti-Chinese forces were trying to create problems.

Citing comments made by the United States that it might consider a diplomatic boycott of the February games to protest China’s human rights practices, the Global Times said it was “not worthy” for China to waste energy on the issue, or “even try”. change your negative thoughts towards China. “

“Ideological conflicts between China and the West will escalate ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as anti-Chinese forces converge and create problems for China,” said the Global Times, published in People’s Daily, China’s official newspaper. ruling Communist Party.

“This event will become not only a comprehensive stress test for China’s ability to respond to various crises, but also a catalyst for the growth of China’s mentality as a major power.

“Human rights groups have called for a boycott of the Games in February due to China’s record human rights record. Last week, US President Joe Biden said he was considering a diplomatic boycott, which would mean that US officials will not be present at the Games’ opening.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that no decision has yet been made on who will represent the government at the Beijing Winter Olympics, although he does not support the idea of ​​sports boycotts.

Governments usually send a high-level delegation of diplomats to the opening ceremony as a sign of international support. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held from 4 to 20 February.

The case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have become a matter of international concern in the past few weeks after she posted on social media that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli had raped her, also cast a shadow over the upcoming games.

Peng reappeared in Beijing over the weekend and held a video call with IOC President Thomas Bach, but the Women’s Tennis Association and French government officials said they were still concerned about her welfare.



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