Olympic diplomacy rush: Xi meets four more state heads

Olympic diplomacy rush: Xi meets four more state heads

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the leaders of Serbia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on Saturday, as Beijing used the opening of the Winter Olympics to seize diplomatic initiatives amid rising tensions with the United States. After a significant deal with Russia on Friday, Xi held meetings on Saturday ahead of a Lunar New Year-themed banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The banquet was the first time the Chinese president had attended a gathering of state leaders before the outbreak of Covid-19 in late 2019. Toasting his fellow leaders, Xi expressed his heartfelt thanks to “all governments, peoples and international organizations that care and support the Beijing Winter Olympics.” In a speech, Xi said, “China has made every effort to overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, faithfully fulfilling its sincere commitments to the international community and ensuring that the Beijing Winter Olympics take place as scheduled.” Ho.”

More than 30 international leaders have arrived in Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, although the United States and other Western countries have postponed the event amid rising geopolitical tensions in the Northwest region and claims of human rights abuses. Diplomatic boycott. Why Xinjiang? Xi held a personal meeting with the heads of the four states on Saturday morning.

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