China warns four countries against boycotting the "Winter Olympics" that they will "pay the price"
China today condemned the decision of four countries, the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, to announce a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing next February, warning that they will "pay the price."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters that those countries that will send athletes to the Olympics, but not official officials, will "pay the price" for their decision.
After the United States and Australia, Britain and Canada yesterday announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games to denounce human rights abuses in China.
"The use of the Olympic arena by the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada for political manipulation is unpopular and even self-isolating. They will definitely pay the price for this bad move," Wang added.
The Chinese spokesman said that his country did not send invitations to the countries concerned.
"Whether their official representatives attend or not, the Winter Games in Beijing will be a success," he added.
"Sports has nothing to do with politics. The Olympic Games are a great gathering of athletes and sports enthusiasts, not a stage for politicians to put on a show," he added.
The Winter Olympics will be held from February 4-20, but due to the restrictions imposed by China on the entry of foreigners in the context of its fight against the epidemic of Covid-19, it is expected that a small number of global political officials will come to Beijing.
With the remarkable exception of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who accepted the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For its part, France announced that it would "coordinate" with other countries in the European Union on the position to be taken.
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