Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on December 6, 2021
2021-12-06 21:49

CCTV: The website of the foreign ministry on Sunday published a report titled “The State of Democracy in the United States”. Could you give us more information and comment on that?

Zhao Lijian: Democracy is a common value shared by all humanity. It is a right for all nations, not a prerogative reserved to a few. Democracy takes different forms, and there is no one-size-fits-all model. It would be totally undemocratic to measure the diverse political systems in the world with a single yardstick or examine different political civilizations from a single perspective. 

The US’ system of democracy is derived from its own practices. This system is unique and not universally applicable. Over the years, the US, despite the structural flaws and problematic practice of its democratic system, has claimed itself as the “beacon of democracy” and “model of democracy”. It has incessantly interfered in other countries’ internal affairs and waged wars under the guise of “democracy”, lectured others on democracy in a condescending manner, and created regional turbulence and humanitarian disasters. This has drawn widespread criticism from the international community.

The world needs to delve into and examine the state of democracy in the US. By enumerating facts, statistics and the observations of experts from various countries, the report of “The State of Democracy in the United States”, in both Chinese and English versions, aims to take stock of the malaises of the US’ democratic system, make an in-depth analysis of the messy and chaotic practices of democracy in the US and the bad consequences of US export of its brand of democracy, and lay bare the hypocritical nature of its democratic diplomacy.

The US also needs to do some soul-searching. We hope the US will face up to its democratic flaws, improve its democratic system and stop the erroneous act of exporting its so-called democracy. This is conducive to both the American people and people of the world. No country can dictate standards for democracy or impose its own political system on others, still less use democracy as a tool to suppress others.

There is no perfect system of democracy in the world, nor is there a political system that fits all countries. Whether a country is democratic should be judged and determined by its own people, not by a minority of self-righteous outsiders. 

Democracy is established and developed based on a country’s own history and adapted to its national context, and each country’s democracy has its unique value. Members of the international community should engage in exchanges and dialogues on democracy on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and work together to contribute to the progress of humanity.

MASTV: According to reports, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that Secretary Blinken, very early on, called what has occurred in Xinjiang genocide. The US remains concerned about the “human rights abuses” and will stand in solidarity with the Uyghurs. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: Facts and truth have busted the so-called “genocide in Xinjiang”, the biggest joke and lie of the century, which was fabricated by certain US politicians and officials. Clinging to lies and prejudice, the US side is pursuing the evil attempt to create troubles in Xinjiang and contain China’s development. These people have lost moral principles and credibility in the eyes of people in China and the whole world.

There is no country that fits the label of genocide better than the US. The US history has recorded innumerable crimes against humanity committed against Native Americans, which constitute de facto genocide. At home, the US government ignores Americans like George Floyd that “cannot breathe” and turns a cold shoulder to racial minorities living amid threat of grave hate crimes. Overseas, the US caused mass casualties with wanton bullying, sanctions and wars. There’s no need for the US to worry about China, where 1.4 billion Chinese people of 56 ethnic groups, including the Uyghur people, are united closely as seeds of a pomegranate. If certain US politicians or officials do have to show their compassion, they’d better stand together with Native Americans, and people in Iraq and Syria, whose countries have been ravaged by US invasion.

China News Service: It is reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said if China’s mainland “invades” Taiwan, it would be a potentially disastrous decision. In the last couple of years, China has been trying to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait by engaging in provocative military maneuvers and by trying to isolate Taiwan in the international community. The US is resolutely committed to “making sure Taiwan has the means to defend itself”, Blinken said. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin recently also said that the US should maintain its capacity to resist any resort to force that would jeopardize the security of the people of Taiwan. What’s your comment?

Zhao Lijian: The Taiwan question is China’s internal affair. The remarks by relevant officials in the US flagrantly challenge the one-China principle, violate the stipulations of the three China-US Joint Communiqués and US commitment, and send a seriously wrong signal to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. China strongly deplores and firmly opposes this. 

The real status quo on the Taiwan question is: there is but one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. The root cause of the tensions across the Taiwan Strait is the attempts by the “Taiwan independence” forces to look for US and other foreign support to seek independence. The crux of the escalated tensions is the moves of some Americans to use Taiwan to contain China by condoning and supporting the DPP authorities in changing the status quo. The collusion of these people in the US and Taiwan in making provocations and playing with fire is extremely dangerous. 

The US must understand that the historical and legal fact of one-China is not to be challenged, the fact that both sides on the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China is not to be changed, and the process of the 1.4 billion Chinese people to advance China’s peaceful reunification is not to be held back. We will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and efforts. That said, should the separatist forces for Taiwan independence provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line, we will be compelled to take resolute measures. Efforts to support and embolden the “Taiwan independence” forces and challenge the one-China principle will turn out to be like trying to hold back the tide with a broom. They will not stop the progress of history. 

People’s Daily: On December 3, the third Ministers’ Meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (China-CELAC Forum) was held. Could you share more information on the meeting and its outcomes? How does China comment on this meeting?

Zhao Lijian: On December 3, the third Ministers’ Meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (China-CELAC Forum) was held via videolink. President Xi Jinping and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose country is the rotating presidency of the CELAC, virtually addressed the meeting. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard co-chaired the meeting. Foreign ministers and representatives of CELAC member states, among others, attended the event. 

President Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of the forum seven years ago, the two sides have acted on the forum's founding purpose of strengthening unity and cooperation and advancing South-South cooperation, built the forum into a major platform for pursuing mutual benefit and taken the bilateral relations to a new era featuring equality, mutual benefit, innovation, openness, and benefits for the people. President Xi stressed that China and Latin American and Caribbean countries are all developing countries and comprehensive cooperative partners of equality, mutual benefit and common development, and our shared aspiration for independence, development and rejuvenation has brought us closer together. Latin American and Caribbean countries are welcome to take an active part in the Global Development Initiative and work together with China to tide over this difficult time, create more opportunities, and build a global community of development with a shared future.

In his address, State Councilor Wang made a five-point proposal suggesting that China and Latin American and Caribbean states should work together to create opportunities for independent, interconnected, green, open and inclusive development, identified the path for both sides to advance the Global Development Initiative and announced the specific measures China will take. China will set up a $1 billion special loan for development cooperation and a $1 billion special loan for cooperation on the digital economy between China and Latin American and Caribbean states, offer regional countries 5,000 government scholarships and 3,000 training places between 2022 and 2024, and establish the China-Caribbean Development Center.

The Latin American and Caribbean side expressed congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, spoke highly of the fruitful achievements of the China-CELAC Forum since its inception, sincerely thanked China for taking the lead in providing epidemic prevention supplies and vaccines, and welcomed China's Global Development Initiative. They expressed readiness to work with China to better synergize development strategies, deepen cooperation on epidemic prevention and control and economic recovery, uphold multilateralism, promote a multi-polar world and properly respond to global challenges such as climate change.

Xinhua News Agency: It is reported that the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University of China released a report titled “Ten Questions for American Democracy” this morning. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: I noted this report. It raised ten questions for American democracy: Is it democracy for the majority or “democracy” for the minority? Does it ensure checks and balances of power or lead to abuse of power? Does it improve people’s well-being or increase people’s suffering? Does it defend freedom or hinder freedom? Does it protect human rights or violate human rights? Does it promote unity or lead to division? Does it realize dreams or bring nightmares? Does it improve national governance or lead to system failure? Does it bring development and prosperity or disaster and turmoil to other countries? Does it safeguard world peace and development or undermine international order? These are indeed very good questions. The US should think about them seriously and give its answers. 

I want to stress once again that democracy is a common value of humanity. The US has no right to monopolize democratic standards or impose its political system on others, still less does it have the right to form cliques against those that are different and provoke division and confrontation under the banner of democracy. The US should honor its words of not seeking a new Cold War with action, and do things that help to rally the international community to address such urgent global challenges as COVID-19, slow economic growth and the climate change crisis, rather than violating the spirit of solidarity. 

The Global Times: On December 3, a senior USofficial said at a briefing for the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking that the US is seeking to prevent goods produced with “forced labor” from entering US markets. Over this year, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued seven Withhold Release Orders on goods produced with so-called forced labor, including on silica-based products from Xinjiang. It also detained and seized 485 million dollars’ worth of products, the volume and worth of which both increased by a large margin compared to that of last year. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: China has reiterated on multiple occasions that there is no forced labor in Xinjiang, only voluntary employment and free choice in the labor market. Some people in the US maliciously hype up the disinformation on so-called “forced labor in Xinjiang”, and cite this as an excuse for the seizure of products from Xinjiang and sanctions on Xinjiang. This is out-and-out freebooting, which aims at destabilizing Xinjiang and oppressing China’s development. Such despicable practices of the US as political manipulation, interference in others’ internal affairs and disruption to global industrial and supply chains in the name of human rights have been laid bare in juxtaposition to facts and seen through by people around the world, and would only end up in failure. By doing so, the US not only hurts the industrial development and employment of industrial workers in Xinjiang, but also the interests of all consumers, including those in the US. This is a typical example of hurting others without benefiting oneself.

In fact, the label of forced labor suits the US better than anyone else. In the US, about half a million children toil as farmworkers. Roughly 240,000 to 325,000 women and children are victims of sexual slavery. The country has a more deplorable track record on human trafficking. Over the past five years, as many as 100,000 people were trafficked to the US for forced labor annually. Half of them were sold to sweatshops or enslaved in households. In 2019, more than 11,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in the US, more than twice the number of 2015. Can the US explain why the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking sheds no light on its own problems? The US should immediately stop fabricating lies to attack, smear and oppress other countries, and earnestly face up to and address its own serious problems of forced labor and human trafficking.

The Paper: According to reports, on December 3 China lodged solemn representations with Japan over former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks that “A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency”. Abe said in response that he felt honored to gain China’s attention in the capacity of a lawmaker. On the same day, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said it is necessary for China to understand such thinking in Japan. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: Certain Japanese politicians’ taking pride in instead of feeling ashamed for their erroneous deeds and words once again reveals their problematic sense of right and wrong.  

I want to point out that there is indeed much thinking going on in Japan. To name a few, some people want to deny and even whitewash the history of aggression and colonial rule. Some try to discharge the nuclear contaminated water into the sea in disregard of the safety of global marine environment and humanity’s life and health while shirking responsibilities. Some even try to interfere in China’s internal affairs on the Taiwan question. Some thinking does exist, but that doesn’t mean it is right. The wrong perceptions are merely wishful thinking of some individuals in Japan, which will never be recognized by the Asian neighbors and the international community.

I would like to stress that the Taiwan question concerns China’s core interests, the political foundation of China-Japan relations and the fundamental trust and faith between the two countries. The Japanese side should honor its commitments, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, stop provoking the one-China principle and stop sending wrong signals to the “Taiwan independence” forces.

China Daily: It is reported that the seventh round of negotiations aimed at restoring the Iran nuclear deal was held in Vienna the other day. Senior US State Department official said Iran was not seriously thinking of a rapid return to the deal and came with proposals that walked back any of the compromises that Iran had floated during the six rounds of talks, pocketed all of the compromises that others and the US in particular had made, and then asked for more. Besides, senior officials of France, the UK and Germany said in a statement that Iran back-tracked on its position in this round of negotiation and demanded major changes to the text. They said some of Iran’s demands went beyond the deal’s terms and the European side is disappointed and concerned. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: With the concerted efforts of all parties, the seventh round of negotiations on resuming the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) kicked off in Vienna. Although there was no breakthrough in the negotiations, all parties showed a serious attitude and agreed to return to the JCPOA exactly as it is. On the basis of the text reached in the previous six rounds of negotiations, the parties held comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the lifting of sanctions and issues in the nuclear field, and the Iranian side proposed written amendments to the text in these two areas. These interactions help all parties to better understand the position of the new Iranian government. 

Under the current circumstances, all parties should stick to the political direction of dialogue and negotiation, firmly maintain the momentum of negotiations, strive to expand consensus and push forward the negotiation process. It should be pointed out that finger-pointing and pressuring will lead nowhere. At present, the key is to focus on the pending issues, adopt a flexible and open attitude, show political wisdom, seek practical and feasible solutions, and strive to reach an agreement on resuming compliance with the JCPOA at an early date. As the one who started the Iranian nuclear crisis, the US should lift all illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, China and other third parties, and Iran should resume fulfilling its nuclear commitments on this basis. In this process, all parties concerned should uphold fairness and justice, be rational and exercise restraint, and avoid drastic words and deeds that may disrupt diplomatic efforts.

Shenzhen TV: As we understand, the Committee against Torture on December 3 published its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Lithuania, which in particular expressed concerns over Lithuania’s ill-treatment of migrants and refugees, increasingly dire conditions of prisons and unfair investigations of torture cases. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: The observations of the UN agency you mentioned reveal prolonged detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants in Lithuania's border areas. The accommodation sites in Lithuania are in dire conditions, lack daily supplies and have limited access to medical service. They also reported Lithuania’s use of force, torture and ill-treatment against refugees and migrants, including gender-based violence, and collective expulsion of asylum-seekers including children without reviewing their individual situations.

The observations also pointed out that the conditions with regard to quality and quantity of food in some Lithuanian prison facilities continue to fall short of international standards, with frequent incidents of large-scale violence, drug trafficking, spread of HIV and other infectious diseases and the lack of timely access to medical treatment. They noted the use of force by the prison staff, including with tasers. Besides, Lithuania was complicit in the CIA’s secret extradition and detention program, in which torture and ill-treatment were excised but no investigation for substantive results has been conducted.

The Lithuanian government should heed the call of justice from the international community and earnestly reflect on its deplorable record on human rights. It should conduct timely, comprehensive and impartial investigations into the cases of ill-treatment and torture and take effective measures to safeguard human rights and basic rights.  

Dragon TV: Recently, the Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid released the supreme leader’s decree on women’s rights. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: China noted that the leadership of the Afghan interim government released the latest decree on safeguarding the rights and interests of women in marriage and household, pointing out that a woman is a noble and free human being, no one can give her to anyone as an exchange, and women should not be forced into marriage. The decree stresses that women shall not be oppressed or deprived of their legitimate rights. It also encourages efforts to raise public awareness of women’s rights, and encourages writers and activists to publish useful articles on women’s rights. 

This is a practical measure taken by the Afghan Taliban in safeguarding the rights and interests of women that should be welcomed and encouraged. As a friendly neighbor of Afghanistan, China hopes the decree can be put into practice so as to safeguard fundamental human rights including the rights of children and women. This serves the interests of the Afghan people and meets the international community’s common expectation.

Reuters: A court in Myanmar sentenced the country’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi today to four years in prison after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: As a friendly neighbor, China sincerely hopes that all parties and factions in Myanmar will proceed from the long-term interests of the nation and people, bridge differences under the constitutional and legal framework and continue to advance the hard-won democratic transition process that suits Myanmar’s national circumstances. 

CRI: The second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from November 29 to December 3. Do you have any comment on that?

Zhao Lijian: China is pleased to see the successful convening of the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction. The establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is conducive to curbing the proliferation of WMD, easing tensions in the Middle East and promoting regional and world peace and security. China always has a positive and supportive attitude towards that. 

In March this year, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed a five-point initiative on achieving security and stability in the Middle East, in which he called for international support for efforts by regional countries in establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. China was invited to attend the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in the capacity of observer state and made a three-point proposal. First, regional countries should step up dialogue and consultation, ease tensions and continue to build mutual trust. Second, countries outside the region should provide constructive assistance and inject positive energy into regional peace and stability, rather than creating antagonism or inciting confrontation in the region. Third, all parties should uphold the authority of international legal instruments on arms control and discard double standards in the field of nuclear non-proliferation. At the same time, we regret the refusal of the US and Israel to attend the conference and call on the two countries to earnestly assume their due responsibilities and actively participate in the process of the meeting.

RTHK: The semiannual report on foreign exchange policies by the US Department of the Treasury put 12 economies including China in the “Monitoring List” of major trading partners that merit close attention. The report emphasized “China’s failure to publish foreign exchange intervention data and broader lack of transparency”. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: We have noted the US report. China’s position on the issue of foreign exchange rate is consistent and clear.

As a responsible major country, China has reiterated on many occasions that it will not engage in competitive currency depreciation. We have never used and will not use foreign exchange rate as a tool to deal with external disturbances such as trade disputes. China will resolutely deepen market reform of the exchange rate regime, continue to improve the managed, floating regime based on market supply and demand and with reference to a basket of currencies, and keep the RMB exchange rate basically stable at an adaptive and equilibrium level.

Hubei Media Group: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly said the other day that Australia will consider boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: We have said on multiple occasions that the Beijing Winter Olympics is a grand gathering of global winter sports athletes and fans, rather than a platform for certain politicians’ political stunts. 

According to Olympic rules, dignitaries are invited by their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC) to attend the Olympic Games. It is up to the NOC to decide whether to extend invitations or not.

The Olympic Charter explicitly stipulates that sports organizations within the Olympic Movement shall apply political neutrality, and opposes any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes. I noticed that Australian Olympic Committee President said that a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics will never achieve anything and he shared information on Australian athletes’ participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics.

We are 60 days away from the Beijing Winter Olympics today. To get themselves prepared, athletes from all countries have gone through much training and made strenuous efforts. The Winter Olympic Games, held every four years, is a precious opportunity for athletes to impress the world with their outstanding performance. It is athletes, instead of politicians clamoring for boycott, that should be in the spotlight. Politicians calling for boycott are doing so for their own political interests and posturing. In fact, no one would care whether these people come or not, and it has no impact whatsoever on the Olympics to be successfully held by Beijing. 

MASTV: It is reported that Hungary has blocked a proposal for joint contribution by EU nations to the “Summit for Democracy” organized by the US, as revealed by sources. Previously, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the US “Summit for Democracy” has a domestic political character. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: Foreign Minister Szijjarto made a good point. China has expounded its position many times on the so-called “Summit for Democracy” to be held by the US. Behind the high-sounding slogans, it is the US bullying practice to divide the world into different ranks and make irresponsible remarks on and presumptuously criticize other countries’ democracy; it is the US selfish approach of forming cliques in the international community and instigating division and confrontation; it is the US true intention of privatizing, politicizing, instrumentalizing and weaponizing democracy to push forward its geopolitical agenda. 

As an important and independent force in a multi-polar world, the European Union should indeed uphold its strategic autonomy, tell right from wrong, practice true multilateralism, and inject stability and positive energy into the world. 

CNR: Parliamentary elections of Kyrgyzstan were held on November 28. The Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Kyrgyzstan has completed 99.96 percent of the manual counts so far, and has released the preliminary results of the winning parties and deputies. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: China has noticed that Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections were smoothly held. As a friendly neighbor and a comprehensive strategic partner, China supports the people of Kyrgyzstan in making their own choice. China believes that under the leadership of President Sadyr Japarov, Kyrgyzstan, a friendly country, will achieve long-term stability and security and make greater progress in national development and rejuvenation. China is also ready to further expand exchange and cooperation between the two legislatures, and make contribution to developing China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership.

The Paper: From December 2 to 3, the 10th Formal Annual Meeting of the Cooperation Mechanism of the Five Nuclear-weapon States was held in Paris, France, and a joint communique was released. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: On December 2 and 3, France, which takes over the presidency of the cooperation mechanism of the five nuclear-weapon states, held the 10th Formal Annual Meeting in Paris. Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song led a delegation to the meeting. Delegates from the five nuclear-weapon states had an in-depth exchange of views on such major issues as the current international strategic and security situation, nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy and reached much important consensus at the meeting. They also issued a joint communique.

The international security landscape is undergoing profound and complex changes. There is deficiency in strategic mutual trust and cooperation between major countries, prominent differences in the field of nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, severe challenges facing the international nuclear arms control system and serious impacts on global strategic balance and stability. China believes that the successful meeting of the five nuclear-weapon states in Paris has sent a positive signal. First, it reiterates the five states’ commitment to the object and purposes of the NPT. This is conducive to the success of the 10th Review Conference of the NPT to be held in January next year, and to safeguarding the NPT’s role as a cornerstone for the international nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation system. Second, it improves strategic communication among the five states on major issues in the nuclear area. This helps to enhance strategic mutual trust between major countries and deter the dangerous trend of hegemony, Cold War mentality and zero-sum mindset. Third, it builds consensus among the five states on responding to international security challenges. This will help all parties manage differences, and improve coordination and cooperation on the international security environment.

Bloomberg: A follow-up on the Olympics. CNN has reported that the Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the Beijing Winter Games, implementing a diplomatic boycott. The Asahi Shimbun has also reported that conservative members of the ruling party in Japan will press Prime Minister Kishida to diplomatically boycott the Beijing Winter Games. How will China deal with a potential diplomatic boycott?

Zhao Lijian: I would like to reiterate that the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is a gathering for all winter sports athletes and lovers around the world. It is them that should be in the spotlight. The preparation work of the Games has entered the home stretch. The international community, including the IOC, highly recognizes the preparation work. Foreign athletes, including a large number of American and Japanese athletes, are looking forward to coming to China for the Games. We believe that, under the guidance of the Olympic spirit and with concerted efforts of all sides, we will deliver a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympic Games for the world.

I want to stress that the Winter Olympic Games is not a stage for political posturing and manipulation. US politicians keep hyping a “diplomatic boycott” without even being invited to the Games. This wishful thinking and pure grandstanding is aimed at political manipulation. It is a grave travesty of the spirit of the Olympic Charter, a blatant political provocation and a serious affront to the 1.4 billion Chinese people. It will only make the Chinese people and the world see clearly US politicians’ anti-China nature and hypocrisy. 

The US should adopt a right attitude, act in accordance with the Olympic spirit of “together”, treat China’s concerns seriously, and avoid politicizing sports. It should stop hyping the so-called “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Games, lest it should affect bilateral dialogue and cooperation in important areas. If the US is bent on going down this path, China will take resolute countermeasures. 

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