In response to the U.S.’s diplomatic boycott, Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, replied that the U.S. used the name of a big country to manipulate world politics.
China will take countermeasures to force the U.S. to pay for its decision.
Currently, the information about this issue in the Chinese media is being censored by the government.
According to the “Washington Post” on Dec. 7, Xi Jinping is preparing for his third term. He wants to borrow the image of the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics to promote his name while promoting the rise of China as a global power.
In an article, Natasha Kassam, a former Australian diplomat in Beijing, Sydney Lowy Institute for Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, said China’s system has turned into an offensive model, accusing the United States of politicizing sports and claiming that no one will pay attention to this boycott.
The article said that Beijing is more worried that other countries may follow the United States, which spread the boycott despite its exhortations. Officials in the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Europe are considering similar measures, and this issue is expected to be discussed at the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Liverpool, UK, this weekend.
Currently, more and more politicians from other countries support the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, such as Liberal Senator of Australia Eric Abetz, Australian Sports Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Sports Minister New Zealand, Grant Robertson, Lithuanian Sports Minister, and more. There are many reasons for them to join the wave of the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. However, the main reason is still the violation of humanity, the CCP’s blatant authority, the outbreak of the covid epidemic, and many other unfavorable factors.
Kassam said Beijing would not find it difficult to fabricate a story to stigmatize the U.S. boycott as Western hypocrisy. However, when many countries support the United States, it is challenging for China to continue to maintain that narrative.
What impact will the U.S. boycott have on Beijing?
Although the diplomatic boycott is largely symbolic, the Washington Post reported that as American athletes would still participate in the Olympics, experts still say that the U.S. boycott has made the world more concerned about the CCP’s human rights abuses. Since then, there have been calls from the international sports community and human rights defenders to pressure Beijing.
The CCP seems to have prepared for the boycott in advance, saying that China sees no need to invite American officials to the Olympics.
Wang Yaqiu, a researcher on China at Beijing Human Rights Watch, said that the Chinese Communist government could try to save face. On the surface, they show little interest in the U.S. diplomatic boycott, “but deep down,” it is worried. It knows that the international community is dissatisfied with its actions and is increasingly willing to take action against dissatisfaction, Epoch times reported.
The BBC quoted Sung Wendi, a lecturer at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at University that, if the 2008 Beijing Olympics was China’s up-and-coming introduction show in the world, then the 2022 Winter Olympics is China going global, and at the same time moving towards another highlighted show that is on par with the so-called U.S.
Song Wendi said, therefore, that U.S. diplomatic resistance will have an offsetting effect on China’s discourse and its international status in the new era.
Sung Wendi also mentioned that the diplomatic boycott of the United States could have a demonstrative effect on its essential allies in the Indo-Pacific region because they are dependent on the United States to a certain extent.