China’s envoy to Japan, Kong Xuanyou, said Thursday that the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics had sadly been used “as a political tool”, asking for Japan’s support, while also warning Tokyo not to interfere with Taiwan.
Kong’s speech came as members of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LPD) called for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games in February.
The United States and other countries have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over human rights violations in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang region, but Japan has yet to make a decision.
Kishida said earlier on Thursday that he has no plans to attend the Winter Olympics at this time, on a slightly softer note.
“Unfortunately, there are people in Japan who have a biased view of China’s political system… and spread rumors about human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong,” Kong said, adding that the Olympics appeared to be used as a “political tool.” .”
“Given that China supported Tokyo as the host of the Olympics, I think Japan must have good intentions for our Games.”
Kong was tougher when he discussed tensions over China-claimed Taiwan, which have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country’s sovereignty claims against the democratically-ruled island.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this month that Japan and the United States cannot stand by if China attacks Taiwan, and Beijing needed to understand that.
The comments sparked anger in Beijing, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoning Japan’s ambassador to Beijing for an “emergency meeting.”
“Recently, Japan has taken some negative steps regarding Taiwan, saying that ‘an emergency in Taiwan is a Japanese emergency,’ Kong said.
“This is a one-sided provocation and we cannot accept it.”
Kong also criticized the “Summit for Democracy” hosted by US President Joe Biden last week, saying the event itself was “against democracy”.
“A judgment about a country’s democracy can only be made by the people of that country themselves,” he added.
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