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Chinese Foreign Ministry: Confusion over US law on official representatives at Beijing Winter Olympics

On December 28, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian chaired a regular press conference. A reporter asked the following question: “As it was found, yesterday (December 27) the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that it had received visa applications for US government employees during the Beijing Winter Olympics, the White House National Security Spokesperson said the council. This group of employees are not official representatives or diplomatic officials who will attend the Winter Olympics. What is the position of the Chinese side?”

Zhao Lijian responded that the United States said that no diplomatic or official representatives would be sent to attend the Winter Olympics, but at the same time they submitted visa applications to China to officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense. US law created confusion. The Chinese side urges the United States once again to implement the Olympic spirit, stop any politicization of sports and avoid erroneous words and deeds that are inconsistent with the conduct of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

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