[Beijing 5th Reuters]–China’s President Xi Jinping met with the leaders of each country who visited China on the 5th at the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics. As relations with the United States cooled, he developed Olympic diplomacy.
Mr. Xi met individually with the leaders of Serbia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and held a welcome party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. This is the first time he has participated in a gathering with foreign leaders since the spread of the new coronavirus infection at the end of 2019.
The opening ceremony of the Olympics on the 4th was attended by the leaders of more than 30 countries, but Western countries such as the United States have decided to “boycott diplomacy” without dispatching government representatives against the background of China’s human rights issues in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The Chinese Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily’s Global Times, said that the opening ceremony was “an outdated anti-Chinese cliché” in response to foreign media reports that “authoritarian” leaders stood out. I argued.
Mr. Xi thanked “all governments and international organizations that support the Beijing Games” at the welcome party on the 5th. “China has made every effort to overcome the effects of the new corona epidemic, earnestly fulfilling its promises to the international community and striving to hold the Beijing Convention on schedule,” said Xinhua.
According to Xinhua, Mr. Xi will meet individually with President Tokaev of Kazakhstan, President Butich of Serbia, and President Sissi of Egypt on the morning of the 5th to invest in infrastructure related to the China-led wide-area economic zone initiative “Belt and Road” and the new Corona. We discussed cooperation in measures.
In a meeting with Turkmenistan’s President Beldim Hamedov, he expressed his belief that the two countries should deepen their cooperation on the supply of natural gas to China. We also met with Uzbekistan’s President Mirjiyoev.