The heat is rising between the United States lawmakers and Chinese officials even before the Olympic flame ignited at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed U.S. senators’ warning letter to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee regarding the use of digital yuan at the Olympic games next year.
Calling for the U.S. politicians to “abide by the spirit stipulated in the Olympic Charter,” Lijian asked them to “stop making sports a political matter and stop making troubles out of the digital currency in China,” the South China Morning Post reported.
Claiming that the recent actions revealed the ignorance, Lijian suggested U.S. lawmakers “figure out what a digital currency really is.”
Earlier this week, Republican senators Marsha Blackburn, Roger Wicker and Cynthia Lummis wrote a letter to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee board chair Susanne Lyons. Highlighting the allegation that digital yuan can be “tracked and traced” by the People’s Bank