|Statement by Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the UN|
Question: The Biden administration today announced that US government officials will not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. What are your comments?
Answer: The so-called “diplomatic boycott” by the United States is a self-directed political farce. Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are the gathering for all winter sports athletes and fans around the world. It is them that should be in the spotlight. The success of the Games does not rely on the attendance of a handful of countries’ government officials. In fact, according to Olympic rules, foreign officials can attend the Olympic Games at the invitation of their national Olympic committees.
As the host country, China is ready for the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, open to all athletes and guests. As for those who say they don't want to come, the answer is that whether you come or not, the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are there, and will be a success.
The US Government’s decision reflects its mentality of the Cold War. The US just wants to politicize sports, create divisions and provoke confrontation. This approach will find no support and is doomed to fail. It will only make them more isolated and stand in opposition to the trend of the times and to the vast majority of countries and people around the world.