China Spokesman Says US Has Committed ‘Evil Crimes’ Against Native Americans
- A Chinese spokesperson denounced the US diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics.
- The United States announced the boycott in response to Beijing’s “ongoing genocide” against the Uyghur minority.
- Zhao Lijian retaliated by accusing the United States of committing “evil crimes” against Native Americans.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Tuesday blasted the United States for its diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, saying the genocide allegations – which China is facing because of of the treatment of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang – “suits the United States better than anyone.” else “for his treatment of Native Americans.
“The United States fabricated the biggest lie of the century about the so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang, but it has long been debunked by facts,” Zhao said, though he declined to specify which facts.
He said the diplomatic boycott, which the White House announced on Monday citing “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity” by Beijing, is based on “ideological prejudices as well as lies and rumors.”
Zhao denounced the United States for committing “evil crimes” against Native Americans and said the boycott “gravely violated” the political neutrality for which the Olympics are known.
He said U.S. officials weren’t even invited to the games in the first place, repeating a similar statement he made earlier this week when boycott rumors began to surface.
“The American political agenda is getting no support and is doomed to failure,” he added.
Australia, the UK and Canada have since joined the US in the boycott, which will still allow their athletes to compete while their diplomatic representatives stay at home.
Other Chinese diplomats have ridiculed the US boycott, saying President Joe Biden “flattered himself” that US officials had been invited to the Winter Olympics.
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Zhao has always decried the frequent reports that China detains hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, separating families and attempting to erase their cultures and religious loyalty. Many Uyghurs were forced to work in labor camps to pick cotton.
On Wednesday, Congress passed the Uyghur forced labor prevention law by 428 to 1, imposing economic sanctions on China for all goods produced by forced labor in Xinjiang.