Canberra’s decision to join the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics comes amid “disagreement” with China over a number of topics, which has thrown relations into the worst crisis since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
The Chinese embassy in Australia replied to Australia’s decision to join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, saying that the Australian side bears responsibility for resolving the “present situation” in the two nations’ relations. “Mountains cannot stop a river from pouring into the sea,” a Chinese embassy spokesperson said, adding that Australia’s success at the Beijing Winter Olympics will be determined by the performance of its athletes, not by officials’ presence.
Notably, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday that no officials will be sent to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which will take place in February. Canberra’s decision comes amid “disagreement” with China over a number of topics, which has thrown relations into the deepest crisis since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. However, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has stated that their government’s decision to join the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics next year will have no bearing on competitors’ preparations for the Winter Games.
“We wish the Australian athletes fantastic success in the Winter Olympics,” the Chinese embassy spokeswoman said, acknowledging the AOC president’s statements on their participation. “We believe they will also see a streamlined, safe, and magnificent Olympics in China.” As we all know, the fault for the current crisis of China-Australia relations lies firmly on the Australian side”, the Chinese embassy spokeswoman stated, referring to the bilateral relationships between the two countries.
According to Olympic standards, dignitaries are invited to the Olympic Games by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs),” according to the embassy statement. “The NOC has the final say on whether or not to grant invitations. The river cannot be stopped from flowing into the sea by mountains. The performance of Australian athletes, not the attendance of Australian officials or the political posturing of some Australian politicians, will determine Australia’s success at the Beijing Winter Olympics.”
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