China says Australia, Britain, U.S. to pay price for wrong acts

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A visitant takes pictures adjacent Olympic rings displayed astatine the Shanghai Sports Museum successful Shanghai, China, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

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  • China says U.S., Australia, Britain usage Olympics for manipulation
  • China opposes U.S. prohibition connected goods from Xinjiang
  • China says to instrumentality steps to safeguard its rights, interests

BEIJING, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Australia, Britain and the United States volition wage a terms for their "mistaken acts" aft deciding not to nonstop authorities delegations to February's Winter Olympics successful Beijing, China's overseas ministry said connected Thursday.

The United States was the archetypal to denote a boycott, saying connected Monday its authorities officials would not be the Feb. 4-20 Games due to the fact that of China's quality rights "atrocities", weeks aft talks aimed astatine easing hostility betwixt the world's 2 largest economies.

"The United States, Britain and Australia person utilized the Olympics level for governmental manipulation," said Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson astatine the Chinese overseas ministry.

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"They volition person to wage the terms for their mistaken acts," helium told a regular quality conference.

Relations betwixt Beijing and Washington deteriorated sharply nether erstwhile U.S. President Donald Trump and the Biden medication has maintained unit connected China.

Disagreements person centred connected assorted issues including trade, the origins of the coronavirus and China's maritime claims successful the South China Sea.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier that its determination not to nonstop officials to the Games was made due to the fact that of its struggles to reopen diplomatic channels with China to sermon quality rights successful the acold occidental portion of Xinjiang and China's moves to artifact Australian imports.

China has denied immoderate wrongdoing successful Xinjiang, location to the Uyghur Muslim minority, and said allegations of close abuses were fabricated.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed authorities to prohibition imports from Xinjiang implicit interest astir forced labour, 1 of 3 measures backed overwhelmingly arsenic Washington pushes backmost against Beijing's attraction of the Uyghur community. work much

"China firmly opposes this," said Gao Feng, a spokesperson astatine the Chinese commerce ministry, referring to the U.S. action.

"The United States should instantly halt its wrongdoing. We volition instrumentality indispensable measures to resolutely safeguard China's morganatic rights and interests," Gao told a regular quality conference.

The United States was practising unilateralism, protectionism and bullying China successful the sanction of "human rights", helium said.

The U.S. basal would earnestly wounded the interests of the companies and consumers of the 2 countries, aggravate planetary proviso concatenation hostility and measurement connected the planetary economical recovery, Gao warned.

The House backed the "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" by an overwhelming 428-1. To go law, it indispensable besides walk the Senate and beryllium signed by President Joe Biden.

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Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, Jing Xu and Stella Qiu; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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