China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics


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A Beijing 2022 flag is seen at the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in Beijing, China March 30, 2021. Reuters

BEIJING — China’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses.

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A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. He warned of an unspecified “robust Chinese response” to a potential Olympics boycott.

“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the US Olympic Committee will not accept it.”

Human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games, due to start in February 2022. They have urged a boycott or other measures to call

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