Written by Zhang Han and Fan Lingzhi
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), a separatist organization that is connected to the terrorist group “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” seeking “the fall of China,” among many other so-called human rights groups, has been calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and pushing sponsors to oppose the event.
Chinese observers noted that these clowns overestimated their ability to spread rumors and Western politicians who issued similar calls are dragging themselves down to the level of these troublemakers, whose only purpose is to discredit China on every possible occasion with ridiculous lies.
Voice of America on Wednesday reported most members of The Olympic Partners, or TOP, did not respond to calls by the “human rights groups”, in an open letter which urged the cancellation or change of location of the Winter Olympics over so-called “abuses in Xinjiang.”
The Canadian Parliament has also called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove the Olympics from Beijing after passing a non-binding motion on Xinjiang.
Chinese observers noted that using human rights to pressure multinational companies is a customary trick that anti-China groups use to stir up trouble, but they should not overestimate their ability to spread false information and underestimate the public’s ability to identify lies.
Western politicians, by joining these gadfly-like groups, have abandoned their decency as an educated person capable of telling facts from lies, to call for a boycott of the Winter Olympics based on non-existent abuses, they said.
Song Guoyou, deputy director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the Global Times on Wednesday that sponsorship is made via the IOC and anti-China groups or individuals cannot mislead the IOC with their unfounded accusations.
For these multinational sponsors, dealing with such kind of coercion was not only a matter about profits and economic interests, but also tested their basic judgment, Song said.
Allianz Insurance, in a statement sent to the Global Times, noted its partnership with IOC is a long-term commitment from 2021-28 and the company has no plan to withdraw from it. Allianz shares the values the Olympic Movement is built on — excellence, friendship and respect, read the statement.
It is very tough to hold major events like the Winter Olympics when the world is still struggling with COVID-19. Using a boycott of the sports event as a “weapon against China” means asking the international sports community to take big losses and pay a price for their political manipulation, Song said.
Other analysts echoed Song’s view, noting that major firms are unlikely to give up this opportunity for branding and making profit just because of some unfounded, politically driven accusations.
Despite many of the human rights groups having a US background and noises from American and Canadian politicians, governments around the world have been cold to the boycott calls.
Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said on Wednesday that politicians seek personal interests and political capital but governments have to consider national interests.
Some clown-like figures stir up troubles and watch reactions and many groups do have US background. Their aim is to initiate media campaign to slander China. But governments have so far chosen to refrain because they knew an irrational boycott will frustrate their own athletes, hurt their own companies and put diplomatic relations at risk, Li said.
“A rational administration should not be hijacked by radical voices,” Li noted.
In 2008, noises ran through the Beijing Summer Olympics and disgusting things happened during the torch relay. But they did not hinder China from hosting a successful sports event, nor will they this time, Li said.