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"If you support the Olympics, we and the Russians won't encircle your country with our naval forces for a few months."

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Where’s Peng Shuai?

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how Zhao Lijian gets up there on stage with a straight face amazes me, what a clown

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China "firmly opposes" Japan's politicizing sports

But it's fine for China to do this. Whenever China says they oppose something, it usually means they're not happy about another nation using the same tactics that they are themselves currently employing.

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Show us Peng and we will give you some athletes for your silly winter circus.

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"Basic faith" and "having morals" are 2 different worlds...

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A diplomatic boycott is nothing more than than a gesture, total total boycott diplomatically and the withdrawal of all athlas a protest at China's human rights, territorial encroachment.

Let's not forgot the deliberate spread of Covid-19 on the world resulting in over 5,000,000 deaths, and still counting.

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Oh no !

Japan might have to change its kanji again.

Oops - don't say kanji.

The Olympics is a sporting avent

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Foreign dignitaries who are likely to attend the opening ceremony are Russia’s Vladimir Putin and , if his health permits, North Korea’s Kim.

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"China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics" this summer, so "Japan should have basic faith," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

Nit with that attitude. It’s as if Japan has no choice.

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China's saying: We supported your Olympic Games, so you should fully support ours.

Yeah, Japan is not singling out any particular minority groups and them into concentration camps while trying to eradicate their culture, whereas, you are.

But money, money, money . . . Money has always been able to make people do distasteful things, like the sports organizations.

But not the WTA. Bravo for taking a moral stand.

Where is Peng Shuai?

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The Chinese leadership was publicly vociferous in its support of Tokyo 2020. Not returning the support for Beijing 2022 will be a betrayal of that Chinese goodwill.

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I don't think we should boycott. Firstly diplomatic boycott is useless, because it doesn't do anything. Athletes are still going to have fun. Secondly they are right. They did came to our olympic so is only natural we return the favor. Thirdly is not worth it to further ruin the relation as a neighbor. While it's true that there is a lot we don't agree with each other and there is still many tension between both nation, there is really no need to make it worse. Especially when they are our neighbor and second biggest trade partner.

The west has no worries. They live far and have their own EU. They still do fine even if things sour. While we live next to them and a lot of things are closely connected. Is basically asking us to jump into the fire while we suffer the most from all of this.

Is already bad enough US want a more increase budget of us hosting them every year. They have been living rent free and tax free for the last century while we build all the facilities. If you look at the agreement we signed decades ago, there were no law that actually say we have to contibute any cost for hosting their troops. The 'compassion donation' were given freely to them.

But i do not agree that we have to stand with the west with their meaningless diplomatic boycott. If they are really serious, they should do a full boycott. This way they at least could show us they are fully committed to their cause and values.

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Let’s support a country that allows rapes and sterilises women and puts large segments of its own population into gulags for their own ‘reducation’

Really?

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stop the genocide games

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Also, maybe don't kidnap a tennis player then tell everyone how great you are

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Boycott all Olympics. World championships in almost all events have been around forever. The athlete, not the country wins.

Olympics are a corrupt money grab.

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Now all of a sudden China is being nice and wanting positive and encouraging support for their games, so what happened to their tough talk?

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"China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics" this summer, so "Japan should have basic faith," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

China didn’t have to, just like it is up to Japan whether they will support China’s games.

This is so cringeworthy, it just shows how diplomatically immature the Chinese really are.

I hope our country doesn’t attend and don’t get me started on the IOC….

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No need to urge. Japan secretly loves China, just as it loves the Iranians, ditto Talibans.

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Just follow the American way. Its best against China.

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Government who tramples on human rights urges neighbouring government who disrespected human lives to "support".

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China has to earn the respect of other countries, not demand it.

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China might use the opening ceremonies to invade Taiwan. That way they'll keep the athletes hostage

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China has already infiltrated Japan with tens of thousands of sleeper agents ready to wreak havoc at a moment's notice.

Failure to kowtow to Emporer Xi will have dire consequences.

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Peng Shuai did not claim "she had an extramarital affair with a former vice premier." She claimed she was forced to have sex with him; she was raped. Those who criticize the regime in China, if they are lucky, disappear for some period of time and reappear with an apology for the misunderstanding.

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China should stop shipping products for a month to Japan then they would change their mind quickly and start supporting Beijing Olympics.

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Oh looky look here, the lone wolf is crying for friends.

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Where’s Peng Shuai?

Zhang Gaoli is said to be a leading figure for the 2021 Beijing Games, getting along well with the IOC president Bach the ripp-off baron. He should also show up to explain about the allegation.

MeToo WhereIsRapistZhang
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Zhao Lijian can eat a bag of...egg rolls.

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China's propaganda just gets clunkier by the day. The Nelson Muntz of international politics.

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funny that the Yanks are calling for boycotting the games due to human rights abuses by China, yet were against their own athletes such as Colin Kapernick taking a stand (or a knee) against human rights abuses against their own citizens.......whether China deserves some sort of boycott or not, the stone throwing in the glass house of faux-American outrage is laughable

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antichinese american rhetoric.

Japan have choice-either follow and "boycott" games of go against will of uncle Sam/what may be "not good" as this may be considered as "unexpected"/

near future will say where Japan stands.

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I hope China enjoys their Olympics.

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"China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics" this summer, so "Japan should have basic faith," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporte

No they didn't at all. The Chinese delegation continuously complained about everything from the accommodations to the strict rules. So Zhao is full of Garbage as usual

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A diplomatic boycott would be a good compromise and still make a point, and not disappoint the athletes. By the way, watch the South Korean cross-country and biathlon ski team, if he's been able to do so with this pandemic, it has been coached by the best, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. They could be a surprise!

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who claimed she had an extramarital affair with a former vice premier.

Wow, it’s as if Kyodo is running news stories past Chinese censors for approval. An extramarital affair is a generous way of putting it.

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I would support a Japanese (or any)boycott of the Olympics, which realistically won't happen, not because of some weird propaganda about China, but because the Olympics simply suck and shouldn't happen. In any country.

I suppose this is a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

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Meanwhile, the World urges china to stop releasing biological contamination upon the world

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China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics

Well, Japan isn't a totalitarian fascist regime, is it. Unlike China!

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Alfie NoakesToday  07:49 am JST

The Chinese leadership was publicly vociferous in its support of Tokyo 2020. Not returning the support for Beijing 2022 will be a betrayal of that Chinese goodwill.

Exactly. Don’t let that stop people’s China-bashing.

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The Olympics should be sent to the dustbin of history. As for a boycott, in any form, what result will that produce? Reformation of Chinese domestic policies? That's an amusing notion.

Japan, will hew to whatever decision the USA imposes, as a client-state - a status held for almost 75 years, soon to be a century.

The interdependence of Japan/USA/China is a direct result of US economic policy and corporate strictures and structures. Purposefully creating contentious & antagonistic relations is foolish and detrimental. Western and Japanese corporations have fully integrated their manufacture & assembly processes with China. Such also provided the initial capital for China to become the second largest economy in the world. Though few are the products with a Chinese brand. The West and Japan profit off their economic & financial ties to China. The further dream is to sell everyone in China a bag of potato chips or a package of instant Sumire noodles - fact is there is no moral or ethical standards in a global economy. A boycott is a farce, as the same actors retain their business relation with China.

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Bidens blah blah about considering a diplomatic boycott by suggesting USA government representatives might not attend the world sporting avent is truly pathetic

You think china really give a rotten poop if any USA reps attend the China Olympics.

Surprised China would allow them anyway.

Iam not defending China iam just being realistic.

All these allegations and preposterous announcements over an Olympics sporting event .

no matter which country is hosting it.

Thank goodness the USA isn't having the Olympics.

Its about athletics not about politics.

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USA is being too hypocritical as usually

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China says they supported the Tokyo Olympics, but I recall that they complained about almost everything during the team's stay.

I wouldn't call that supporting, I'd call that being an ungrateful little b1tch.

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Boycott the dictator games. No country that disappears people and practices mass incarceration of ethnic minorities deserves the games.

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Where’s Peng Shuai?

Have any charges been filed?

Has anyone been questioned?

Have other stepped forward without fear of govt reprisal against themselves and their families?

Has the CCP-Govt NOT tried to shutdown the #metoo movement?

Has the CCP-govt NOT mandated the removal of any comments anywhere tied to Peng Shuai's story?

No is the answer to all.

China supported the Tokyo Games for their own reasons. Authoratative govts feel that doing well in international sporting events somehow says their govt system is better. They also had the Winter Games and needed to show support so the world wouldn't ask them to delay or reschedule.

Beijing Games have that zero tolerance COVID method famous for locking people into their apartments for a week if they break any govt rules. There are videos showing the CCP-health department nailing doors closed from the outside so the people inside cannot break the rules, then coming back 3+ days later to see whether they will follow the rules. They are serious about their rules and zero tolerance. Can't wait to hear how the athletic village gets locked down when those teens and 20-something people don't follow the rules.

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JayelToday  07:25 am JST

China "firmly opposes" Japan's politicizing sports

But it's fine for China to do this. Whenever China says they oppose something, it usually means they're not happy about another nation using the same tactics that they are themselves currently employing.

A stupid political tug-of-war. The USSR invades Afghanistan in late 1979, the US Team plays the Winter Games but boycotts the Summer Games. Then in 1984 everyone goes to the Winter Games in Sarajevo yet the Eastern European Communist nations boycott the L.A. Summer Games. Nyah nyah nyah-nyah nyah-nyaaaah! And now this. All this politicizing really makes the Games a bit boring, with a sour taste on top of that.

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Japan has massive investments in China so what do you think will happen :-) human rights issues never stopped the J money machine

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Show us Peng and we will give you some athletes for your silly winter circus.

Haven,t you been watching the news in the last couple of days?

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If, Japan was to give China a big thumbs up, and backed the Chinese WO games, what happens in a couple of months after the games? would it be back to normal levels of doing what they want?

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Tom DoleyToday  08:10 am JST

No need to urge. Japan secretly loves China, just as it loves the Iranians, ditto Talibans.

No that describes you perfectly. Not Japan.

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Yes Mr China, no Mr China, whatever you say Mr China. Good grief

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I would like to know how many real Japanese in this forum opposing Beijing Olympics ?

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While it's true that there is a lot we don't agree with each other and there is still many tension between both nation, there is really no need to make it worse. Especially when they are our neighbor and second biggest trade partner.

They are Japan’s largest trading partner. Geopolitics is important. The US is on the other side of the world. Not enough skin in the game.

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A stupid political tug-of-war. The USSR invades Afghanistan in late 1979,

Didn't they fight against the mujahideen who were supported by USA. And then the mujahideen developed into the Taliban. And the rest is, as they say, history?

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Boycott the Olympics and let China enjoy playing by themselves, since they want to make their own decisions they can compete against themselves.

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Politically stupid to boycott. Each participating countries should flood the event with personal. Once in you can start asking difficult embarrassing question making the event a political sideshow. Imagine the opportunities to score geo political points during this event.

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Japan doesn't have millions of one ethnic group locked up in concentration camps so China was right to support the Tokyo Olympics. Sorry China, you are overlooking some very basic facts.

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Can't believe I am saying this, but I support China on this issue. Of course, the nation with a winning athlete gets to have bragging rights because of that athlete, but that doesn't change the fact that the Olympics are supposed to be held unless two nations are actually at war.

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"China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics" this summer, so "Japan should have basic faith," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

In other words, China didn't want to be blamed for Tokyo cancelling the Olympics because of the effect of Covid-19, which originated in China.

Japan needs to heed the US' strategy for dealing with these Olympics.

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Biden’s strategy for these Olympics is a great example for Japan to follow.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who previously headed a cross-party lawmakers' group that promotes Japan-China ties, said Wednesday that nothing has been decided at this point on a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

No need for a diplomatic boycott.

US needs to boycott the Olympics like they did in 1980, and Japan needs to follow them.

A simple diplomatic boycott would be as feeble a gesture as sending Jill Biden to the Tokyo Olympics.

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Japan needs to heed the US' strategy for dealing with these Olympics.

The US strategy being;

*Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden acknowledged that he is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics slated for next February, suggesting that no U.S. government representatives will attend the global sporting event.*

But, not to miss an opportunity to argue, we get this a mere two hours later:

No need for a diplomatic boycott.

Way too hyperpartisan.

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*Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden acknowledged that he is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics*

That's exactly what Japan needs---more "considering."

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The escalation is real. Things are getting hot. It may be in Japans strategic interest to play ball and attend . Throw out a peace gesture and set themselves up as the middle man in the region. This where their eventual strength may lie. Not saying what’s right or wrong, just that it could be a good move on the global chess board.

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Although I strongly oppose China's encroachment mentality towards neighboring nations and it need to be dealt with iron hand but banning Olympics is like snatching an opportunity from all the sportsman of respective nations who are practicing for years and ban is not the apt solution.

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Japan should say no.

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What for? LOL

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mynihon23Nov. 28  10:42 pm JST

Although I strongly oppose China's encroachment mentality towards neighboring nations and it need to be dealt with iron hand but banning Olympics is like snatching an opportunity from all the sportsman of respective nations who are practicing for years and ban is not the apt solution.

these athletes have trained so long and they want and need to show the world what they can do. Nationalism and politics shouldn't be a part of it. If you're good, you're good, maybe you'll win a medal. It's supposed to be FUN.

There was one Winter Olympics where this American swimmer spat Pepsi into a Dutch swimmer's lane. Spiteful and immature. Then the trials, the Dutch girl made the rounds (I rooted for her) and the American one didn't. I didn't root for her because she was such a prissy-miss diva about it.

A few years ago Hope Solo already shot off the mouth about a health issue in Rio. Audiences booed her there. When the Swedish badmitton team clobbered the US one (surprisingly) she had to act like a stuckup prima donna about it, texting a hissy-fit. She got kicked out Olympics for good, justifiably.

Being American I root for American athletes and teams unless they act like spoiled arrogant brats. Either way, this national pride and political issue stuff is contrary to what the Olympics are truly about.

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