Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson has lambasted the United States for its diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The U.S. action comes against allegations of China’s genocidal treatment of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
However, Lijian charged that such a description “fits the US better than anyone else” for its treatment of Native Americans.
“The US has been fabricating the biggest lie of the century about so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang, but it has long been debunked by facts,” Lijian said.
He added that the U.S. allegations are rooted in “ideological biases as well as lies and rumors.”
Lijian noted further that “The US political agenda wins no support and is doomed to fail.”
Since then, Australia, the U.K., and Canada have since joined the U.S. in the boycott, which will still allow their athletes to compete while their diplomatic representatives stay home.
Other Chinese diplomats have ridiculed the U.S. boycott, saying President Joe Biden was “flattering himself” to assume U.S. officials had been invited to the Winter Olympics.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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