China Says Australia, UK, US ‘To Pay The Price’ For Winter Olympics | China
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Australia, Britain and the United States will pay the price for their “wrong actions” after deciding not to send government delegations to the February Winter Olympics in Beijing, China’s Ministry of Business said foreigners.
The United States was the first to announce a boycott, saying on Monday that its government officials would not attend the February Games due to human rights “atrocities” in China, weeks after talks to ease tensions between the two largest economies in the world.
“The United States, Great Britain and Australia have used the platform of the Olympic Games for purposes of political manipulation,” said Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“They will have to pay the price for their wrong actions,” he told a regular press conference.
Relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated sharply under former US President Donald Trump and the Biden administration has kept the pressure on China.
The disagreements have focused on a variety of issues, including trade, the origins of the coronavirus and China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier his decision not to send officials to the Games was taken because of his difficulties reopening diplomatic channels with China to discuss human rights in the region far west of Xinjiang and measures taken by China to block Australia. imports.
China has denied any wrongdoing in Xinjiang, the birthplace of the Uyghur Muslim minority, and said the rights violations allegations were fabricated.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a law on Wednesday banning imports from Xinjiang over concerns over forced labor, one of three measures overwhelmingly backed as Washington opposes treatment by Beijing to the Uyghur community.
“China strongly opposes it,” said Gao Feng, spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, referring to the US action.
“The United States should immediately cease its wrongdoing. We will take the necessary measures to resolutely protect China’s legitimate rights and interests, ”Gao said at a regular press conference.
The United States practiced unilateralism, protectionism and intimidated China in the name of “human rights,” he said.
The US position would seriously harm the interests of businesses and consumers in both countries, exacerbate stress on the global supply chain and weigh on the global economic recovery, Gao warned.
The House backed the Uyghur law on the prevention of forced labor by an overwhelming majority of 428-1. To become law, it must also pass the Senate and be signed by Joe Biden.
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