China says boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics will not go as planned


Following the US and the UK, China claimed that Australia was also considering a ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying, “It won’t go as planned.”

“China politicizes sports and firmly opposes any word or action that goes against the spirit of the Olympic Charter,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian said at a regular briefing.

Spokesperson Zhao added that the diplomatic boycott only harms the interests of athletes from all over the world.

(Photo=Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Yonhap News)

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