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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Washington should stop interfering in the Beijing Olympics.

“The most urgent priority right now is for the United States to stop interfering in the Beijing Winter Olympics and stop playing with fire on the Taiwan issue,” Wang said in a phone call with his American counterpart on Tuesday, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.

Wang also shared his thoughts on the current tensions between Russia and NATO regarding Ukraine and wider security in Europe. “All parties should completely abandon the mentality of the Cold War and form a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism through negotiation,” he said.

State Department spokesman Ned Price released a brief statement, saying that Blinken “highlighted the global economic and security risks posed by renewed Russian aggression against Ukraine and indicated that de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward.” Price did not mention the Winter Olympics, which kick off in Beijing on Feb. 4.

The United States and several other Western countries have refused to send officials to the games, due to China’s alleged human rights abuses. Athletes from the West, including a team from the United States, will compete in the Olympics.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry argued that the diplomatic boycotts were “Violating the political neutrality of sport.” On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian thanked Argentine President Alberto Fernandez for his decision to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing.

The US Embassy in Beijing has asked the State Department to allow some diplomats and their families to leave the country due to the tough anti-Covid measures put in place by the Chinese government, sources quoted by Reuters say. this week. The State Department declined to confirm the story.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry nevertheless said that the decision to dismiss diplomatic personnel and their relatives would be “confusing and difficult to justify.”

“China is undoubtedly the safest country today. Evacuating from the safest place in the world will only put American personnel at much greater risk of infection,” Zhao told reporters on Wednesday.

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