On January 28th, The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a list of visiting dignitaries for next week’s Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, this time, the number of participants has reduced dramatically.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, published a guest list of 32 people. It is worth noting that the list included Zhang Ming, a Chinese official and the secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would attend and hold talks with Xi Jinping. The heads of state on the list are mainly from countries with close political ties to China, such as Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Singaporean President Halimah Yacob, South Korea Speaker of the National Assembly Park Byung-Seok, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun Erden and more.

In addition, although the CCP is accused of committing genocide against Muslims in Xinjiang, many Arab heads of state are preparing to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. They include Egyptian President Sisi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, Qatar Emir Tamim, and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed of Abu Dhabi.

There are only five European leaders, including President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia, Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Zoran Tegeltija, President of the Black Council of Ministers. Among these, only Poland and Luxembourg are EU member states.

Reinhard Bütikofer, an MEP from Germany, tweeted, “What an #illustrious list! Not. I still hope that President #Duda will understand that this is not a group he should want to be a member of; Still time for change of heart!”

In terms of international institutions and organizations, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the 74th President of the UN, Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister from the Maldives, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Deng Hongsen, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Marcos Troyjo, President of the New Development Bank.

China’s relations with Western nations and many of its neighbors are far more tense than before the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Several Western countries have announced a diplomatic boycott of China, citing the country’s human rights record, particularly the crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s western province, which the US has labeled “genocide.”

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