FAST FIVE: China Says US Trying To "Disrupt" Beijing Winter Olympics, Vows Retaliation
China News Service/Getty Imagest “The wrong move of the US has undermined the foundation and atmosphere for China-US sports exchanges and Olympic cooperation.
However, in this case New Zealand Deputy PM Robertson cited the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason, and confirmed his country's diplomats would not attend.
– Liu Pengyu 刘鹏宇 (@SpoxCHNinUS) December 6, 2021 Interestingly, some notable Chinese officials and pundits expressed that if US officials don't come, nobody in China actually cares.
For example, Liu Pengyu, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the US, had this to say on Twitter: “Politicians calling for boycott #2022BeijingOlympics are doing so for their own political interests and posturing.
In fact, no one would care about whether these people come or not, and it has no impact whatsoever on the #Beijing2022 to be successfully held.” And Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of state-run English language Global Times, questioned: “Why the fuss?” He answered, “If US officials don't come, let it be.