In order to protect American athletes, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a new bill requiring that the State Department inform athletes of the human rights record of the country hosting the Olympics half a year in advance. A number of members of Congress are also clamoring to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics, which the House of Commons of Canada previously threatened to do. The legislative parliaments of the Five Eyes alliance countries are currently using the Xinjiang independence movement and other foreign anti-Chinese organizations to set off the first wave of harassment directed toward the Beijing Winter Olympics in the Western world.
However, the governments of the relevant countries have maintained a cautious attitude. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated clearly on Wednesday that the U.K. does not “usually” support the boycott of sporting events. Moreover, other countries’ governments have not responded to the proposal to boycott the Beijing Olympics, or made any hints of doing so.
Every country knows that once it boycotts the Beijing Winter Olympics, it will first hurt its own athletes and then the international Olympic movement. That will also lead to retaliation, leaving international sports events under the shadow of resistance by some countries for years to come. With the advent of the internet, the Olympics are not worry-free. At the moment, the forces behind the politicization of sporting events are considered the mortal enemy of the Olympic movement.
The U.S. and its allies actually have no way to deal with China. To this day, Washington has not been able to find a method to control China that both effectively hurts China and does not do harm to the U.S. itself. The Donald Trump administration used the stupid tactic of a trade war, and after three years, most perceive the U.S. as having failed. As to how the U.S. will act in the future, the new American administration is only emphasizing the need to coordinate actions with allies, but this is vague and in reality, the U.S. does not have the slightest plan.
As a result, the members of Congress who are not responsible for the country’s actual strategy have become more aggressive. They have actually taken on acting with quick talk and exasperation for the angry and helpless political elite and radical fans of the U.S. and the West. Proposing a motion with little or no binding force, sending a few public letters to add fire to the hostility toward China and boosting their sense of existence — this is typical of their closed circle.
As has been said before, International Olympic Committee and the world’s athletes are the most important factors in determining how the Olympics will turn out. The whole world knows that the U.S. is bringing in the Five Eyes countries to make trouble for China. If they really make a stink at the Beijing Winter Olympics, it will show the world how they are in frenzied pursuit of evil geopolitical goals. As a result, China will not suffer any more fundamental losses than those countries.
A poll recently conducted by a British consulting company showed that, after being bombarded by public opinion in the United States and the West pertaining to the pandemic and Xinjiang affairs, China’s soft power remains strong in developing countries. Western public opinion has not had the effect of vilifying China’s image outside of its circle.
Before this Winter Olympics begin, the Five Eyes alliance and force of public opinion in some Western countries will definitely make waves. The more they make a mess like this, the more they demonstrate that they are incapable of taking any practical steps with respect to China. China doesn’t need to fear them at all. The further they go in this direction, the more resentment they will cause in the global sports world and among the general public. In the end, their efforts will definitely be counterproductive.
Behind all of this, the thing the U.S. hopes for the most is to destroy the strategic environment for China’s development and its booming economy and to cause China’s growth to wither. It hasn’t been able do this, and the situation in the past three years has greatly frustrated the United States. We don’t need statistics to prove that a Western reporter who goes to a shopping mall in Beijing or Shanghai to watch a movie, eat a meal and compare it to their country’s atmosphere will know how unstoppable China’s economic vitality truly is.
China maintains control and keeps a low profile, but the pace of China’s progress is staggering. The resources that China and the U.S. can use to influence and sanction each other will gradually become more balanced. America’s actions will only become increasingly more painful, and baseless scolding over human rights costs little. For the world, leaving the Chinese market will gradually become more difficult than leaving the U.S. market. The United States will find it increasingly difficult to force its allies to choose between China and the United States, because once it does, the trouble it causes will have uncertain results.