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“Mountains Can’t Stop River”: China Responds to Australian Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics | World news

Hours after Australia announced its decision to follow the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the Chinese Embassy in Australia reacted to the move and said the responsibility lies with the United States. Australian side to resolve the “current situation” in the ties between the two countries. “The mountains cannot stop the river from flowing into the sea,” Chinese embassy spokesperson said while observing that Australia’s success in the Beijing Winter Olympics depends on performance of its athletes and not of the presence of officials.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that no official would be sent to the February Winter Olympics in Beijing. Canberra’s move comes amid a “disagreement” with China over a host of issues that have plunged relations into the most serious crisis since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), however, has clarified that its government’s decision to join the US diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Olympics will have no impact on athletes’ preparations for the Games. winter.

Acknowledging the remarks of the AOC President on the participation of Australian athletes, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson said: “We wish Australian athletes great performances at the Winter Olympics and believe they will also see a simplified, safe and beautiful Olympics in China.”

Quickly taking note of the bilateral relations between the two nations, the Chinese embassy spokesman said, “As we all know, the responsibility for the current state of Sino-Australian relations lies entirely with the Australian side.”

“According to Olympic rules, dignitaries are invited by their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC) to attend the Olympic Games,” said the press release from the embassy. “It is up to the NOC to decide whether or not it wishes to issue the invitations. The mountains cannot stop the river from flowing into the sea. Australia’s success at the Beijing Winter Olympics depends on the performance of Australian athletes, not the presence of Australian officials, and posture. policy of some Australian politicians.

Urging the Australian side to take practical steps to create conditions conducive to improving bilateral relations, the Chinese official said, “The Australian side’s statement that it will not send officials to the Winter Olympics of Beijing goes against its publicly expressed expectation of improving China and Australia. reports.”

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The AOC had previously said in a statement that it respected that “diplomatic options” were left to governments and maintained that politics and sport should be kept separate.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists strained relations with Beijing have left Australia unable to discuss measures taken by China to slow and block imports of Australian goods as well as alleged rights violations. of man in Xinjiang, the reason for the American boycott.

“Australia will not back down from the strong position we have had to defend Australia’s interests and it is obviously not surprising that we do not send Australian officials to these Games,” he said. Morrison said.