Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday (16) that China would not travel to Beijing to take part in the formal celebrations of the Winter Olympics to be held from February 4 to 20, 2022.
The decision was formally announced by Kishida during a parliamentary session, along with the United States, which launched a rival diplomatic boycott campaign under the pretext that China was violating the human rights of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang.
Last week, Kishida said the decision would be based on their own national interests, taking into account all of Beijing’s support for Tokyo to make the Summer Olympics a reality between July and August. The epidemic of Kovit-19 has reached its peak in Japanese territory.
By 2022, the situation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations tends to create an additional crisis between the two countries. Despite rivalries, relations between the two major Asian countries have been “quiet” in recent years.
Washington and Beijing have been at loggerheads for years over trade, economics, diplomacy and politics – beyond the Xinjiang issue. The boycott decision was followed by the UK, Canada and Australia and angered the Chinese, who promised a “response” to the US movement.
The diplomatic boycott was criticized by the leaders of the European Union, an ally of the United States, but they were asked not to mix sport and politics at this time. .
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