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Ford Mondeo 2022 makeover design


ChinaThis market-specific mid-size sedan was revealed at Ford’s design center in Shanghai.

The new generation Mondeo is based on the American automaker’s Progressive Energy in Strength design language and the same platform as the Evos and Equator. The design focuses on elements based on the preferences of Chinese customers such as door handles, the Ford logo that opens the trunk, and the full-width position lights.

The new generation Mondeo is exclusively for the Chinese market. Photo: Ford

Compared to the old version, the new generation Mondeo is slightly larger, like 63 mm longer at 4,935 mm, 23 mm wider. Bringing a coupe style, Mondeo 2022 is sportier. The front end features split headlights and large grille like the Evos, while the bumper has a more conservative styling. The sides of the body are shaped with muscular embossed lines, inherited from the Mustang in the rear fender and taillights.

Max Wolff, design director of Ford China, said that the company’s goal was to create an aerodynamic vehicle shape that always moves forward, expressing energy and power while providing space and comfort.

The American automaker has not revealed more engine specifications and interior design, but the Ecoboost 245 logo on the back of the car suggests a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine like the Evos, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission, according to the report. Carscoops. The interior also has the same design as its brother Evos, with a huge 1.1-meter (43-inch) dashboard, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 27-inch touch screen for information. SYNC+ 2.0 entertainment with 4K resolution.

As planned, the new generation Ford Mondeo is manufactured at the factory in Chongqing, China and sold in 2022. Mondeo is also known as Fusion in some markets.

The LED taillight cluster is inspired by the Mustang brother.  Photo: Ford

The LED taillight cluster is inspired by the Mustang brother. Photo: Ford

Mondeo new generation coupe style, sportier.  Photo: Ford

Mondeo new generation coupe style, sportier. Photo: Ford

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Lo Omicron, China disinfects all foreign mail


China Post requires staff to disinfect all mail from abroad, urging people to limit international orders because of Omicron mutations.

China Post Corporation yesterday issued a statement saying that staff should disinfect all international mail envelopes “as soon as possible”, and asked those handling parcels from abroad to receive a dose of the vaccine. increase.

The agency also urged people to limit ordering and receiving goods from “high-pandemic-risk countries and regions”, noting that domestic mail will be handled in a separate area to avoid cross-contamination.

Medical staff spray disinfectant at a shopping mall in Xi’an, China, on January 11. Photo: AFP.

The announcement came a day after the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected the first case of Omicron infection in the capital and received a letter from Canada, raising suspicions that this was the cause of the outbreak. This strain invades the city.

“We do not rule out the possibility that the person has been infected with mutations when coming into contact with items from abroad,” said Beijing CDC deputy director Pang Xinghuo.

Ms. Pang added that Beijing health authorities checked the mail of the man infected with Omicron after learning that he sometimes received letters from abroad. Test results showed that the Omicron variant existed on the letter, which was shipped to the US and Hong Kong special zone, before arriving in Beijing on January 11.

The Beijing CDC found no evidence that the patient had been in contact with a high-risk group, such as people traveling from abroad, epidemic areas in China, or positive cases or their close contacts.

Chinese officials have repeatedly reported detecting nCoV on the surface of imported goods, usually frozen goods. Some researchers and health authorities in other countries are skeptical of this hypothesis, saying that the virus cannot survive long enough on object surfaces.

The World Health Organization and the US CDC have confirmed that the risk of nCoV transmission from infected surfaces is low and gradually declines over time. The US CDC says virus traces are reduced by up to 99% on most surfaces after 3 days.

China yesterday recorded 127 new infections on January 17, compared with 223 a day earlier. At least 5 provinces and cities in China have reported community Omicron cases, including the capital Beijing. 14 provinces detected imported people carrying this mutation.

The country currently records more than 105,000 cases of nCoV, of which 4,636 people have died. The latest outbreak of Covid-19 originated from outbreaks in Tianjin and Anyang, the first localities to record Omicron cases in the community.

China is determined to maintain its “No Covid” strategy with the goal of reducing infections to zero, despite the rate of people being fully vaccinated up to 87.5%, while other countries live with the epidemic. . The strategy is further strengthened in the context of the country preparing to host the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics early next month.

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India deploys S-400 missiles, ready to deal with China


Indian officials said that five S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia will be deployed in key areas to counter the threat from China.

An unnamed Indian official said yesterday that the country has received the first two S-400 long-range air defense systems from Russia, and Indian soldiers are installing the equipment and bringing them to the battlefield. The first complex can reach combat readiness in April, the rest will be operational before 2023.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept the details of the deployment of the S-400 systems secret, but officials with knowledge of the matter said all five regiments will be located in key areas to be ready to respond. threats from China.

S-400 missile launchers deployed by Russia in Syria. Photo: TASS.

An unnamed source said that India has sent a message to the US through diplomatic and security channels, emphasizing that the S-400 missile contract serves national interests in the context that New Delhi faces military pressure from North Korea. Longitude along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is nearly 3,500 km long between the two countries.

Indian Air Force officials earlier this month announced that the country’s first S-400 regiment would be deployed to its base in the northwestern state of Punjab. Indian media said that this battlefield allows the Indian S-400 system to cover the border area with Pakistan, as well as part of the area adjacent to China’s Tibet region.

India ordered five S-400 long-range air defense missile complexes worth $5.5 billion from Russia in 2018. The US has repeatedly said that this could affect the plan to transfer defense technology. Washington for New Delhi in the future, and threatened to sanction the country under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if the contract is fulfilled.

However, Indian officials insist that the S-400 purchase meets an urgent national security requirement, assuring the US that the systems will not endanger weapons that New Delhi has or has already purchased. will buy from Washington.

Analysts say that the S-400 is attractive to many countries, including key allies of the US, because it is considered one of the most modern weapons that Russia possesses, with many advantages. points do not appear on similar Western weapons.

Location Punjab state of India.  Graphics: Maps of India.

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The US is in danger of opening its ribs when it focuses on fighting China


As the United States increasingly focuses on fierce superpower competition with China, the United States can create a power vacuum in the Middle East or Europe.

During the Cold War, Europe was seen as a strategic priority for the United States. East Asia has received little attention from Washington, although the United States remains committed to ensuring the security of its allies in the region.

But in the fierce superpower competition between the US and China that many see as the “new Cold War”, Washington’s strategic priorities have been turned upside down. Currently, America’s security strategy is dominated by the threat from China, and East Asia has replaced Europe as the battleground for the world’s key geopolitical rivalry.

But as the United States focuses its resources on confrontation with China, the security consequences are becoming increasingly apparent, according to Minxin Pei, a professor at Claremont McKenna University and a member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Adversaries are taking the opportunity to challenge America’s resolve. Iran has sought to cement its position in deadlocked negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018. Iran’s leaders appear to be seems to be betting that President Joe Biden will hesitate to use military force and get bogged down in a new Middle East war, when the US wants to focus on dealing with China.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s current military threats to Ukraine appear to be based on such calculations, Pei said.

“Putin believes he has an opportunity to restore Russia’s influence in the region, because it is difficult for the United States to distract from its China-centric strategy,” Pei said.

President Joe Biden (left) talks online with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House on November 15. Photo: NY Times.

The recent moves of Russia and Iran are testament to the US dilemma. To increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome in its competition with China, the United States must maintain strategic discipline and stay away from the risk of another conflict that could put its focus and resources on the line. dispersed. Pei said Biden’s sudden and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021 shows his administration’s resolve on the issue.

How tensions between the US and Iran and Russia will play out may need more time to be verified, but Pei believes that Washington will sooner or later face the same problem in many other places.

“Some regional powers may be tempted to bully their weaker neighbors because they think that America’s pivot to East Asia means they are less likely to encounter Washington’s military intervention,” Pei said.

Observers believe that the US focus on China will affect other regions in different ways, with the security impact in Latin America and Africa will be much less than in the Middle East. In Latin America and Africa, US policy in the coming years is likely to focus on economic, technological, and diplomatic competition with China.

The biggest security impact as the US pivots to East Asia will be felt in the Middle East, a region whose security is heavily dependent on the US. Focusing on China will most likely significantly reduce America’s role as regional “police”. While the United States continues to provide weapons and aid to its most important allies and partners, the Middle East will face a future without security patronage from Washington.

“If the US maintains its strategic focus on China, it will inevitably risk losing significant geopolitical influence in other regions. When it loses the US financial support or security guarantees, , countries will feel less influenced by Washington,” Pei said.

However, the US expert said that Washington’s decline in global position could also bring significant benefits, both for this country and the rest of the world. For the United States, maintaining its priority on superpower competition with China will help it reduce the risk of getting bogged down in unnecessary wars.

The dark side of US unipolarity for much of the post-Cold War era was Washington’s tendency to abuse its military power in international affairs, according to Pei. In the three decades since the end of the Cold War, the United States has sent military forces abroad almost every year, according to the US Congressional Research Service. In particular, the US has suffered very heavy losses in life and property in two major wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Elsewhere, America’s new geopolitical priorities will force countries that depend on Washington to learn how to fend for themselves, experts say. Some Middle Eastern countries are looking to rebuild relations and promote peace to prepare for the “absence” scenario of the US. Relations between several Gulf states and Israel have improved significantly in recent years.

In Europe, “strategic autonomy” may be just the call of a few regional powers. But as the United States increasingly shows its European allies that the region is only a secondary priority for Washington, the countries of the old continent will have to turn their words into actions.

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once declared that the US is the “indispensable country” of the world. This observation is believed to hold true for most of the post-Cold War era. But in an era of fierce confrontation with China, the United States may just be the indispensable superpower for East Asia, but not for other regions.

“When this reality happens, the rest of the world will have no choice but to adapt. That can lead to more military conflict, but it can also lead to more peace.” Pei commented.

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Soc Giang and Tra Linh border gates are back to customs


Guangxi province (China) has just restored clearance of Long Bang and Binh Mang border gates, the pair of border gates with the Vietnamese side is Tra Linh, Soc Giang (Cao Bang) from January 7.

Based on the actual situation of epidemic prevention and control at each border gate, Guangxi officially restored customs clearance at the two border gates above.

Other border gates will be gradually restored based on the assessment of the epidemic situation and disease prevention work.

According to the Department of Markets for Asia and Africa (Ministry of Industry and Trade), this decision of the Chinese side was made one day after the first meeting of the Vietnam-China trade facilitation working group between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Trade. China.

Congestion of agricultural products at Tan Thanh border gate, Lang Son, December 2021. Photo: Ngoc Thanh

At the end of December, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien sent a letter to the Secretary of the Party Committee of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to discuss the clearance situation and measures to relieve congestion at the border gate.

Minister Yan suggested that China implement the common perception of the two countries’ senior leaders on expanding trade and maintaining supply chains. He also proposed that Guangxi and Vietnamese border localities jointly discuss to quickly relieve the congestion of goods at the two sides of the border gate.

Cao Bang is the locality with the longest land border with China (more than 330 km). Soc Giang border gate (Cao Bang) has been operating bilaterally with China since the end of 2015. Currently, Cao Bang has 5 border gates with China, including Ta Lung, Tra Linh, Po Peo, Bi Ha and Ta Lung border gates. Soc Giang.

In addition to Cao Bang, currently two border gates of Tan Thanh and Coc Nam (Lang Son) have not yet been cleared by the Chinese side after the temporary closure.

The congestion of agricultural products at the border gates has lasted for a whole month with many reasons given. At the end of December 2021, Chinese Customs announced to suspend customs clearance for dragon fruits from Vietnam through Huu Nghi border gate due to concerns about Covid-19.

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Beijing Winter Olympics: athletes anticipate the Games under cover



Their life was already that of performance hermits. A meticulously regulated daily life, away from the hustle and bustle of the world. “In a high level skiing career, there are never many parties, says alpine skier Victor Muffat-Jeandet, 32 years old. For a long time, it happened to me not to celebrate Christmas, because I had a competition the next day. “

Recently, this asceticism turned towards the sporting objective has been amplified by the health crisis. The bronze medalist at the last Olympic Games knows that he lives with a Damocles sword above his head, one month away from the Beijing Olympics: “I try not to see my friends anymore, it’s too risky. The slightest positive Covid test can have dramatic consequences. ” Starting with an inability to participate in the World Cup rounds, which influence the selection for the Olympics – announced at the end of January – and the allocation of bibs.

“Impossible to control everything”

This context, “This adds stress: in addition to preparing well, eating well, sleeping well, we must now limit our social contacts”, sums up snowboarder Chloé Trespeuch. At the age of 27, the Savoyard has already rolled her head by participating in two Olympic Games, and by winning bronze in Russia, in 2014. “These moments allow us to live our dream, the Covid deprives us a little of it, but we will focus all the more on performance and adapt to health conditions. “ Aim for the gold, even if it will be this time without the cheers of his “Little fan-club”.

→ ANALYSIS Winter Games in Beijing: preparation in a bubble and in the shadows

Chloé Trespeuch was able to get a taste of the Chinese Olympic Games at the end of November, by competing on the Olympic track at Secret Garden, 180 km from Beijing; “We who are used to controlling everything, there, it is not possible, she portrays. Everything is based on surprises: we sometimes have to wait without being told why, reach a place without explanation … Everything is disinfected from morning to night with sprays: suitcases, wheels of the bus … The Chinese are in wetsuits, that reduces social contact. Already there is the language barrier… ”

“We are more in expectation than usual”

Others have not yet had the chance to rub shoulders with Chinese tracks. Among alpine skiers and biathlon athletes, we hardly know that it is cold there, that the wind is there and that the snow is artificial. “We are more in expectation than usual. The pre-Olympics, which normally take place the season before the Games, have been canceled ”, specifies Stéphane Bouthiaux, director of the French biathlon.

Not enough to unsettle the champion Anaïs Bescond, 34 years old: “We’re all in the same boat, except the Chinese, so that doesn’t worry me! “” Everyone will start from the same level, I find that good “, confirms Victor Muffat-Jeandet.

→ REPORT Biathlon: the French team in working order 50 days before the Olympic Games

To understand the singularity of the Games under the bell, the athletes benefit from the precedent of the Tokyo Olympics. Feedback is valuable. Psychologist Meriem Salmi, member of the French delegation in Tokyo, did not “Perceived frustration among athletes once there” : “They are focused on a goal that requires so much attention, they are used to being in their bubble during big events. Moreover, I hear less and less about the situation, this is where we can see their capacity to adapt ”, says the one who also follows winter sports athletes.

“It’s up to us to ensure the logistics so that they are in the best possible condition. One of the most important keys will be not to spend energy on a system, philosopher, the national technical director of French skiing, Fabien Saguez. In any case, we will not be able to change the model, we will have to be well armed. “

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These disciplines where France can shine

► Alpine skiing. All that’s missing is gold for triple Olympic medalist Alexis Pinturault, 30, who won the World Cup overall standings last season. In slalom, Clément Noël, 24 years old and 4e in 2018, is eagerly awaited. On the women’s side, 32-year-old Tessa Worley proved her good form with a first victory at the end of December.

► Biathlon. A festival of World Cup medals for the Blues since the start of the season: 20 places on the podium in 22 races. Several French people can claim a victory in Beijing: Émilien Jacquelin (26 years old), Quentin Fillon Maillet (29 years old), Anaïs Bescond (34 years old)…

► Mogul skiing. Perrine Laffont, 23 and already Olympic champion in the discipline in PyeongChang, is in the running to repeat her feat.

► Figure skating. The duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (26 and 27) will arrive as favorites in China, four years after the disappointment of their second place in pair ice dance.

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India Deploys S-400 Missiles Against China, Pakistan


India is nearing completion of the process of placing the first S-400 system in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan and not far from the border with China.

The Indian Air Force official said that the country’s first regiment of S-400 air defense missile systems deployed to the base in Punjab state in the north-west of the country could become operational from February. transporting missile system equipment to the ongoing battlefield,” this person said.

Indian media said that this battlefield allows the Indian S-400 system to cover the border area with Pakistan, as well as part of the area adjacent to China’s Tibet region.

S-400 missile launcher vehicle at the Russian production plant in 2018. Photo: Sputnik.

India agreed to buy Russia’s $5.5 billion worth of S-400 long-range air defense missiles in 2018 in response to a military threat from China. The United States has repeatedly asserted that this could affect Washington’s plans to transfer defense technology to New Delhi in the future, and threatened to punish the country under the Anti-American Adversaries Act by banning the transfer of defense technology to New Delhi. (CAATSA) if the contract is performed.

However, Indian officials insist that the S-400 purchase meets an urgent national security requirement, assuring the US that the systems will not endanger weapons that New Delhi has or has already purchased. will buy from Washington. India in mid-2019 transferred the first deposit to Russia.

The US has offered to sell the NASAMS II medium-range air defense system to protect the capital New Delhi from ballistic missiles, as well as offer the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and Patriot PAC-3 missiles to the US. India, although these weapons cost much more than the S-400.

Analysts say that the S-400 is attractive to many countries, including key allies of the US, because it is considered one of the most modern weapons that Russia possesses, with many advantages. points do not appear on similar Western weapons.

Location Punjab state of India.  Graphics: Maps of India.

Location Punjab state of India. Graphics: Maps of India.

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The US – China reversed direction on the diplomatic front


China reduced its budget and recruited new personnel for diplomacy, while the US increased investment to compete for influence.

Beijing’s leaders have for many years viewed the diplomatic front as the front line to consolidate their position and influence in the international arena. Chinese President Xi Jinping once declared that diplomacy should serve the vision of a “new era” towards “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.

Key to Mr. Xi’s vision is his belief that China will weather a period of unprecedented upheaval following an increasingly bitter ideological and geopolitical competition with the United States. With that goal, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2019 was given a budget increase of about 5.49%, while the increase in the previous year was 12.26%.

“We need to build an army of iron diplomacy, with firm political will, unshakable determination, high capacity and steel spirit to bring diplomacy with Chinese characteristics to a new page.” , Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized the message in an exchange with this country’s diplomatic staff in July.

However, new data from China’s Ministry of Finance shows that from 2020, the country is tending to reduce investment on the external front. According to the annual report submitted to the National People’s Congress, the budget for diplomacy in 2020 has decreased by 16.47%, to about $8.07 billion. In 2018, the budget for China’s diplomacy was $9.16 billion.

The report of the Chinese Ministry of Finance did not specifically list the budget cuts, but explained that the reduction was in line with the “austerity” policy proposed by the Chinese leaders.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference in Athens, Greece on October 27. Photo: AFP.

The report also shows that China will invest $47 billion in infrastructure projects in 138 countries in 2020 through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), down about 54 percent from a year ago.

According to China-based policy consultancy Green BRI, the total value of investment in the BRI last year was at its lowest level since the initiative was launched in 2013. The organization cites a number of reasons, in That includes some canceled deals, the Covid-19 pandemic, and Beijing being more cautious with overseas investment.

Investment in the next generation of human resources in China’s diplomacy has also shown signs of slowing, in contrast to Foreign Minister Wang’s call to “build a diplomatic army” in July.

About 142 diploma graduates in China will be recruited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2021, the lowest level in nine years. The agency plans to recruit 170 more positions next year, but still lower than the additional 217 diplomats in 2019.

Meanwhile, the US is showing the opposite trend on the diplomatic front. With the message “America is back”, the administration of President Joe Biden drastically increased its diplomatic strength, getting rid of the “America First” mindset of his predecessor Donald Trump.

The US Congress approved spending $ 58.5 billion in the current fiscal year, up 10% compared to 2020, for two foreign policy pillars including the Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Diplomacy is back at the center of foreign policy, and the United States will return to leadership on the international stage,” President Biden said in his spending proposal sent to the House of Representatives in May.

The US State Department’s foreign mission team currently has about 13,790 employees, exceeding the 10,000 employees in the entire Chinese diplomatic service. This year, the US government plans to recruit 500 more civilian foreign positions, along with 70 staff with “global health security” expertise in charge of overseeing the international Covid-19 vaccine support program.

According to researchers in China, many internal problems are hindering efforts to expand the country’s diplomatic team, including the unequal distribution of resources among agencies or the inefficient way of organization. , ambiguous job assignment.

Pang Zhongying, an international relations expert at Ocean University of China, said that the country has not developed a team of professional and veteran diplomats like the US.

Sun Yun, director of the China studies program at the Stimson Center in the US, notes that diplomats in Beijing face more disadvantages than colleagues in Washington.

American diplomats have the advantage of using English, the official language used in international forums and many countries. Although Chinese diplomats have a lot of foreign language skills, they lose in terms of image because they do not possess a “global language”, when Chinese is only popular in China and the Chinese community.

“Compared to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the US State Department has greater authority in foreign policy making,” said Ms. Sun, saying that it is difficult for the Chinese foreign minister to have a position in the government like the US secretary of state. , who is ranked 4th in the presidential line of succession.

Wang Yizhou, an expert on diplomatic capacity building at Peking University, warned that China needs to increase the number of diplomats to realize its foreign ambitions, especially in the context of competition with the US. increasingly harsh.

He believes that the modest scale of human resource recruitment in the past time is the result of the policy of “precious, not precious, ho da”. However, Wang warned that China’s development requires the government to invest more in diplomatic personnel to handle this series of issues, born in the context of the world witnessing many geopolitical and public upheavals. The international community raised expectations with China.

“Although we cannot match the US in terms of global network and foreign influence at this time, we still believe that US diplomacy is declining, and China will continue to rise,” the expert said. Gia Pang said. “China’s diplomacy still needs to promote professionalism, it needs professional diplomats.”

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Beijing Olympics: no diplomatic boycott of France



French representatives will not turn their backs on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Thursday, December 9, the Minister of Education and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, indicated on RMC / BFMTV that France would not diplomatically boycott the competition, unlike the United States, Canada, Australia and the United States. UK. The latter denounce, among other things, the atrocities committed by China against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

→ READ. Beijing Olympics: the United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the competition

“France will not do it (…) but we will have messages that are politically clear ”, assured the minister. Jean-Michel Blanquer specified that he would not make the trip to Beijing in February but that the Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, and the Secretary of State for Disabled People, Sophie Cluzel, would go there.

“Sport is a world in itself which must be preserved as much as possible from political interference, otherwise it can go in any direction and we will end up killing all the competitions”, argued Jean-Michel Blanquer. “We must condemn the human rights violations in China, because there are some. It is necessary to know, when it comes to sports competitions, to have the appropriate and appropriate attitude ”, added the Minister of Sports.

Towards a European position?

A position markedly different from that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. “We are in favor of there being a common position of which we will measure all the issues at the next meeting of foreign ministers or the next, but this question must be dealt with as Europeans”, he said almost at the same time.

→ DEBATE. Should we boycott the Beijing Olympics?

Tuesday, December 7, the Elysee had indicated to have “Taken good note” of the announcement by Washington of a diplomatic boycott, and specified that France was “Coordinate” with the other countries of the European Union on this issue in order to decide whether or not to follow suit with the United States.

→ ANALYSIS. China: Xi Jinping directly implicated in the repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

The United States, along with Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada have decided to send athletes to the Games but not officials, accusing China of trampling on human rights. Beijing has warned that countries that will not send official officials to “Will pay the price”.

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Beijing Olympics: the United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the competition



The United States will send its athletes but no diplomatic representative to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the White House announced on Monday (December 6) despite Chinese warnings. By being present, “The American diplomatic representation would treat these Games as if nothing had happened, despite the gross human rights violations and China’s atrocities in Xinjiang. And we just can’t do that ”, justified the spokesperson for the White House, Jen Psaki.

For months, the US government had been looking for the best way to position itself with regard to the Winter Games, a popular and global event organized from February 4 to 20, 2022 by a country it accuses of perpetrating a “Genocide” against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. Several human rights organizations accuse Beijing of interning at least one million Muslims in Xinjiang in “Re-education camps”.

Chinese authorities systematically denounce “Interference” Westerners who condemn this situation, assuring that it is about “Vocational training centers” to support employment and combat religious extremism.

“A purely political decision”

With this boycott, no representative of the United States government will attend the Olympics or Paralympics, but American athletes will compete well. “The athletes of Team USA have our full support. We will be 100% behind them while we cheer them on from here ”, said Jen Psaki.

→ DEBATE. Should we boycott the Beijing Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is delighted that the boycott of Washington does not call into question the participation of American athletes. “The presence of government officials and diplomats is a purely political decision for each government, which the IOC, in its political neutrality, fully respects”, said a spokesperson for the Olympic body.

The US State Department said diplomatic staff would be present in Beijing “To assure our athletes, coaches, and those associated with the US Olympic team that they are safe”. Which represents “A different subject from official diplomatic representation”, according to spokesperson Ned Price.

“This has no impact on the success of # Beijing2022”

China had warned earlier on Monday that it would take “Firm countermeasures” if the United States called for such a boycott, calling it “Swagger”. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the United States, said politicians calling for a boycott of the Games were doing so. “For their own interests and political postures”.

→ ANALYSIS. China – United States: Xi Jinping and Joe Biden remain more rivals than ever

“In fact, no one would care whether these people come or not, and it has no impact on the success of # Beijing2022”, he wrote on Twitter. “Frankly, the Chinese are relieved to hear the news, because the fewer American officials there are, the fewer viruses there will be”, tweeted the Chinese state tabloid Global Times.

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