Many world powers have evaded sending officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest China’s atrocity crimes that many refer to as genocides.

But not all would skip the Games, and some of those who attended the opening ceremony on February 4th turned out to be those with whom Beijing would announce lucrative deals. 

Argentina has joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the first major Latin American country. 

On February 6th, Xi Jinping and Alberto Fernandez announced the deal, whereby Argentina will earn Chinese financing for more than 23.7 billion US dollars. Fourteen billion US dollars were already allocated for infrastructure projects.

According to online footage, when the Argentina representative left the venue to bid goodbye after the meeting, an Argentine diplomat looked at Xi Jinping and repeated the phrase commonly heard in Chinese propaganda: “Without the Communist Party, there will be no new China.” 

Human rights groups have warned that Beijing would use the Games to earn legitimacy for its government and whitewash international pressure on its human rights abuses. However, China has repeatedly said it opposed the politicization of the Olympics.

On February 8th, the two countries celebrated China’s assistance in constructing Argentina’s first nuclear power facility since 1981 in Beijing.

Among nearly 200 countries and regions globally, only dignitaries or members of the royal family from more than 20 countries attended the Beijing Olympics. 

Besides Argentina, Russia has China’s promise to purchase a large amount of Russian oil and natural gas in the next 30 years. The five Central Asian countries that did not skip the Games, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, will receive 500 million U.S. dollars in free aid in the next three years.

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