The Columbus Dispatch

China dismisses Olympic boycott by US as a ‘farce’


BEIJING – China on Thursday dismissed the decision by Canada and the United Kingdom to join Washington’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games as a “farce.”

China is also not concerned that the officials’ absence would spark a chain reaction, and numerous heads of state, government leaders and members of royal families have registered to attend, Foreign Ministry spokespers­on Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing.

The three countries have said they won’t send government dignitarie­s to the games, which run Feb. 4-20, to protest human rights abuses in China, while New Zealand said it informed Beijing earlier that it wouldn’t be sending any officials due to pandemic travel restrictio­ns.

Under the diplomatic boycott, the countries will still send their athletes to compete.

Wang said China had not extended invitation­s to the U.S., Canada or the U.K. and that it “doesn’t matter if their officials come or not, they will see the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics.”

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