James Marape, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Beijing last week to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games and had to cut short his stay.
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s Office stated on Facebook that James tested positive for Coronavirus on Feb. 6. He arrived in Beijing on Feb. 3. According to Papua New Guinea’s government website, Marape already received a booster vaccination dose on Jan. 24.
Marape missed Friday’s opening ceremony and returned home Sunday night, canceling a planned trip to France. However, he held an online meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang while in Beijing.
According to the Chinese regime’s media, the international VIPs present that night included 23 foreign dignitaries and members of the royal family, and seven heads of international organizations. Among the more than 200 countries and regions globally, only more than two dozen countries have dignitaries and members of the royal family present.
Compared with the attendance list announced by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Jan. 28, the list is missing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed and Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ahmedov.
Following the latest news from the host, 8 of the more than 20 countries where dignitaries and royals attended the opening ceremony brought no athletes at all, including Papua New Guinea.
On Jan. 25, Xi Jinping promised to provide $500 million and 50 million doses of vaccines to the five Central Asian countries at the “30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.”