Tom Cotton’s Call for Olympics Boycott Dubbed as ‘Political Rubbish’ by Chinese Media

Republican Senator Tom Cotton Photo: EPA

After Senator Tom Cotton called for boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Chinese state-run media sharply responded which has further exacerbated the ongoing tensions between the two countries, Fox News informed.

Hu Xijin, who is editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times took to Twitter, a social platform that is banned in China, to state that the senator is political rubbish.

The tweet also had a video attached, showing a press conference of the Republican Senator, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Olympics. Tom Cotton called for the boycott joining other lawmakers but also activists who are calling on for China to be held accountable for abuse of human rights, including the Uighur’s mistreatment in Xinjiang’s detention camps.

The Senator also used China’s record on human rights and all of the concerns about the safety of the US athletes. He said that the authorities will not be able to give full protection to all of the US athletes from surveillance.

Cotton said that China’s crimes against the world and the security and safety of US athletes are enough reasons to call for a boycott of the Olympics.

The Republican Senator also stated that he is very sorry that this boycott will prevent around 300 world-class athletes from the US to compete in these Olympics, adding that if they hadn’t been failed by the current administration there might have been a plan for conducting the Olympic games in another country.

US President Joe Biden stated that his administration is thinking more of a diplomatic boycott of these 2022 Olympic games, which in turn would allow all the US athletes to be part of the competition.

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