Americans, accused of paying athletes to provoke

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An official Chinese newspaper has accused Washington authorities of paying athletes to cause them to cause “disturbances” during the Beijing Winter Olympics, which take place on February 4-20, 2022. The accusation has been denied by the US embassy in Beijing. the capital of China, according to News.ro.

The article, which appeared in the English-language China Daily, is based on “well-informed sources” who intend to denounce a “conspiracy”.

“Anti-Chinese forces” on American soil “encourage athletes” from several countries to “express dissatisfaction with China, adopt a passive attitude during competitions or even refuse to participate” in the Games, the newspaper said.

In return for these actions, Washington will crush them, denouncing these sources who accuse the United States of wanting to “create disturbances during the Games to politicize the event.”

The US authorities have strongly denied the allegations.

“We have not coordinated and are not coordinating any global campaign related to participation in the Olympic Games,” a spokesman for the US Embassy in Beijing said in an e-mail to AFP. “American athletes have the right to express themselves freely, in accordance with the spirit of the Olympic Games, which includes the promotion of human rights,” he said.

In the name of human rights violations in China, especially against the Uighur Muslim minority, the United States has persuaded some Western allies, including Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, to carry out a “diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games.”

These countries will not send any officials to Beijing to attend Friday’s opening ceremony. Their athletes, on the other hand, will compete. Through this China Daily article, Beijing is trying to “divert the public’s attention” from its “scandalous human rights record,” the US embassy said. “We expect (China) to ensure the safety and well-being of our athletes – and all athletes – participating in the Beijing Games and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”