Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas has called for America to withdrawal from the upcoming Olympics set to be hosted in China. Cotton said authorities from the US would not be able to adequately protect American athletes from surveillance, and cited China’s human rights record.
“Sen. Tom Cotton’s call for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing drew a sharp response from Chinese state-run media on Friday, further highlighting tensions between the two nations,” reported Fox News.
“In my view, this senator is a political rubbish,” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of state-run Global Times, tweeted. “He lies, is bellicose, lacks the least self-awareness. Hope in the US Congress, there isn’t only stink of rubbish like him.”
“The tweet included a video of a press conference earlier this week in which Cotton, R-Ark., called for a total boycott of the upcoming Olympics. Cotton spoke amid growing calls among lawmakers and activists to hold China accountable for human rights abuses, including mistreatment of Uighurs held in detention camps in Xinjiang,” reported Fox News.
In my view, this senator is a political rubbish. He lies, is bellicose, lacks the least self-awareness. Hope in the US Congress, there isn’t only stink of rubbish like him. https://t.co/fQ2D0fpUWn
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) November 19, 2021
“For these reasons — the safety and security of our own athletes and China’s crimes against the world, we should launch a complete and total boycott of China’s genocide Olympics,” Cotton said.
Then he blasted the Biden administration, blaming them for failure to work with allies to host games in another country.
“I regret that this would prevent about 300 of America’s world-class athletes from competing in the Olympics. I sympathize with them. However, they have been failed by this administration, who months ago, months ago, could have worked with our allies to develop a plan to conduct these games in another country,” Cotton added.
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