(BEIJING) JUST IN: Winter Olympics Report: US pulls out of the games and China has threatens to take “firm countermeasures” over February’s games boycott by their officials #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: Speaking to reporters at a daily briefing, Mr Zhao said such a move would be an “outright political provocation”, but gave no details on how China would retaliate.

#AceDailyNews says according to AFP News Report: China threatens ‘firm countermeasures’ as US conducts diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics as their Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday accused US politicians of grandstanding by not sending officials to attend the events that China hopes will showcase its economic development and technological prowess.

US President Joe Biden has said he is considering a boycott, under which American athletes would still compete but officials would not attend, and an announcement is expected this week.

A sign on a wall reads 'Beijing 2022' with multicoloured olympic rings below
China has been criticised for alleged ill treatment of civil rights activists, political dissidents and ethnic minorities.(Reuters: Thomas Peter)

The Australian government has also raised the possibility of a diplomatic boycott, amid an increasingly strained relationship.

Supporters of such a step cite China’s poor record on human rights as justification, saying China is using the games to whitewash its ill treatment of civil rights activists, political dissidents and ethnic minorities.

“Without being invited, American politicians keep hyping the so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic, which is purely wishful thinking and grandstanding,” Mr Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.

“If the US side is bent on going its own way, China will take firm countermeasures.”

China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at a conference in Beijing, September 2020.
Mr Zhao did not specify what China’s response would entail.(Reuters: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File photo)

The dispatching of high-level delegations to each Olympics has long been a tradition among the US and other leading nations — then-president George W. Bush attended the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.

First lady Jill Biden led the American contingent to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year and second gentleman Doug Emhoff led a delegation to the Paralympic Games.

The possibility of a diplomatic boycott comes as the US attempts to stabilise turbulent relations with Beijing, even as it maintains a tough approach toward trade frictions and conflicts over China’s actions on Taiwan, human rights, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Beijing has mounted a stiff response to all US criticisms, denouncing them as interference in its internal affairs and slapping visa bans on American politicians it regards as anti-China.

It was not clear who the US might have sent to Beijing for the games and Mr Zhao’s comments appeared to indicate that China has not extended any invitations.

Sources: AP/AFP/ABC/

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.07: 2021:

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