China Communist Party diplomats have two different reactions on the same issue. When The White House announced its decision to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics on the afternoon of Dec. 6.
The CCP embassy in the United States responded before the CCP media reacted to the U.S. boycott. Yet, they contradict each other.
Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Communist Embassy, said on Twitter that politicians called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics for their political gain and fake gestures. “In fact, no one would care about whether these people come or not, and it has no impact whatsoever on the #Beijing2022 to be successfully held.”
After Liu Pengyu’s statement, Zhang Jun, the Permanent Representative of the Chinese Communist Party to the United Nations, declared a similar statement, “If you come or don’t come, the Beijing Winter Olympics will be here, and it will be a success.”
However, on the other hand, Chinese Communist Party officials in Beijing threatened yet wanted the US official to attend the Olympic Events in Beijing.
On Dec. 7, at a press conference, Chinese Communist Party Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China firmly opposes the U.S. announcement that it will not send officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics and that the U.S. will pay the price for its wrongdoing.
Before the United States had officially declared a diplomatic boycott, Beijing assumed that the United States was only verbally threatening China. In reality, the United States has announced a diplomatic boycott, and the situation has changed.
The U.S. action was beyond Beijing’s expectations and perhaps caught them off guard, so two different opinions emerged. In fact, the CCP’s self-contradictory status reflects the surprise reaction from the Beijing authorities.
Independent scholar Zha Jianguo told Free Asia that a U.S. boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics would have little impact on the Olympics but would significantly negatively impact Beijing’s stance regarding the world’s opinion. And people will wonder, “why are these countries boycotting diplomacy”?
Beijing must be pretty tense right now and worried that after the Beijing Olympics, the boycott trend toward China will remain and spread even further.