Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)–Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou sought on Thursday Japan’s support for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in the wake of announcements by the United States, Britain and other countries of their diplomatic boycotts of the Games.
Japan should clearly oppose the politicization of sports, Kong said in a lecture in Tokyo, adding that Japan should respond with good intentions after China supported the Tokyo Olympics in summer this year.
Kong criticized “some Japanese people” for spreading what he called unfounded rumors and lies about human rights issues in the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and Hong Kong.
China wants Japan to show awareness and stop this dangerous tendency so as not to damage the two countries’ relationship, Kong said.
In addition, Kong said some Japanese people do not understand their country’s own interests and they try to go along with the United States against China in everything.
At this rate, Japan will lose sight of its policy toward China, and it will be difficult for the two countries’ relationship to develop stably, Kong added.
The ambassador also said that there are false media reports in Japan that are malicious and show prejudice toward China.
Japanese media should abandon stereotypes and preconceptions and report the truth about China in a comprehensive, objective and fair way, he said.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday that any attempt to politicize sport goes against the spirit of the Olympic Charter. The remark came after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier in the day that he does not plan to attend the Beijing Games.
China is confident in hosting a safe and wonderful Olympics, Wang told a press conference in Beijing, avoiding direct comments on Kishida’s remark.