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2022-January-27  12:00

China Demands US Halt Olympics ‘Interference’

TEHRAN (FNA)- China is demanding the US end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next month, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and its allies.

The foreign ministry announced Minister Wang Yi made the demand in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday Beijing time, The AP reported.

The US has said it will not send dignitaries to the Games, which begin on February 4. The boycott does not prevent US athletes from taking part in the Games, which are being held under strict anti-pandemic restrictions.

Beijing has also protested what it says are calls within the State Department to withdraw staff and their dependents from the embassy and consulates around China over the tightening rules.

According to a news release posted on the ministry’s website Thursday, Wang also called for an end to US support for self-governing Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory.

Wang also complained that the US hasn’t altered tough political and economic policies toward China under the administration of President Joe Biden, despite its expressed wishes for a less confrontational relationship.

The phone call follows the appointment of veteran diplomat Nicholas Burns as the new US ambassador to China, a position that had remained empty for a year.

The Chinese government is urging the US authorities to react seriously to Russia’s concerns in the field of security and to take them into account, Wang said in the telephone conversation with Blinken.

"Russia’s reasonable concerns in the field of security must be taken seriously and settled," the foreign ministry’s news release quotes Wang as saying.

"The security of one state cannot be ensured by harming the security of another country. Likewise, regional security cannot be ensured by strengthening or expanding military alliances," he added.

Wang called for abandoning the Cold War mentality and for entering into negotiations with the aim of creating a balanced, effective, and viable mechanism of security in Europe.