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Chinese official makes first statement on Taiwan and Xinjiang at Games, declares “one China”

Later, Yan once more insisted on making a statement about Xinjiang when a reporter directed a query to the IOC about materials from China’s Xinjiang area being utilized in clothes.

“The so-called forced labour in Xinjiang is lies made up by deliberate groups,” Yan stated.

Human rights teams have accused some textile corporations who supply supplies from Xinjiang of ignoring abuses of the Uyghur inhabitants within the area.

China denies all accusations of abuse and has repeatedly denied claims that it runs a community of compelled labour camps in Xinjiang.

Amid a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics by the United States, Britain and different Western nations over China’s human rights data, the IOC has tried to maintain politics out of the Beijing Games.

Athletes have been informed to stay to the IOC’s Rule 50, which bans political statements on the medals podium and in competitions. The rule, barely revised forward of final yr’s Tokyo Games to permit for some protests on the sector of play if first cleared with the IOC, was thrust into the highlight within the run-up to the Olympics.

“We are always against the idea of politicising the Games. The IOC has 206 members, including the Peoples’ Republic of China and the National Olympic Committee of Chinese Taipei,” Yan stated.

Taiwan competes in most sporting occasions, together with the Olympics, as “Chinese Taipei” at the insistence of Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a part of “one China”.

Taiwan took half within the Games’ opening ceremony after the staff stated it had acquired “several notices” by the IOC to attend each the opening and closing ceremonies.

Last month, it had initially stated it couldn’t attend resulting from delayed flights and COVID-19 guidelines.

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