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Taiwanese legislators demand boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Beijing Winter Olympics
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Taiwanese legislators demand boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Dec 2021, 05:43 pm

Taipei, Taiwan: Legislators from Taiwan’s New Power Party (NPP) have called for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, owing to China's human rights violations in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, media reports said.

NPP legislator Chen Jiau-hua was quoted as saying by Taiwan News that China is unqualified to host the Olympics due to its ongoing human rights violations against people of various ethnic groups, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations, which is exactly the opposite of what is written in the Olympic Creed.

NPP legislator Claire Wang was quoted as saying by the news portal that the government should issue a resolution to boycott the Winter Games while protecting the nation's competitive athletes.

"Women and female athletes are more vulnerable to sexual coercion under authoritarianism, which can be observed from former Chinese professional tennis star Peng Shuai's accusation against former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and how the top Chinese authority reacted to the event," Wang said.

Taiwan and China have been engaged in a deep conflict for several years now.

Taiwan considers itself as a sovereign nation while China sees it as a breakaway province.