Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1379-W988



Release Date: May 15, 2021



Topic: The United States Should Lead the Boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing  -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:美国应该领导抵制北京奥运会 -- 魏京生


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The United States Should Lead the Boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

-- Wei Jingsheng



There is only a little more than half a year before the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  Western countries, especially the United States, are still hesitating to boycott it or not, while all human rights organizations are calling for boycotts.  In such a good situation, the United States should play a leading role.  Otherwise, it negates the tough policies against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of the latest two US administrations, and it will disappoint the whole world and further reduce the United States' global leadership.


Should we boycott the use of the Olympics for propaganda by totalitarian countries with abominable human rights?  This is an ethical issue, not a matter of calculating benefits.  The interests and difficulties of a small number of people cannot be used as reasons to abandon the basic moral position of mankind.  The basic principles of a democratic country are all based on morality.  Abandoning basic morality for small interests will make autocratic dictatorships all over the world laugh secretly.  This is one of the reasons why democracy is declining globally.


Last time, before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, global human rights groups were influenced by donors and were unwilling to boycott the Beijing Olympics.  Many friends in the pro-democracy movement and the Dalai Lama's government were also concerned about difficulties.  Jiang Zemin's regime in China was very happy, as their big propaganda in foreign countries could naturally win a big victory.  At that time the overseas Chinese democracy groups held a special meeting in Australia.  At the meeting, many friends expressed concern about whether boycott by our Chinese democrats alone would offend others and be ineffective, when others would not boycott.


I proposed to vote twice.  The first vote was about: As the other people are not Chinese, should we the Chinese, be responsible to our people?  Should we make our own statement?  The vote passed unanimously.  The second vote was: Since we need to be responsible to our own people, we should launch a boycott campaign for human rights in China regardless of gains or losses.  This was passed by the overwhelming majority of the votes.  The few friends who held reservations worried: if we disagree with Western governments, they may reduce their support for Chinese democracy and treat us as troublemakers.


Afterwards, our Chinese pro-democracy friends from all over the world spoke up and persuaded foreign friends to join our boycott.  The result was beyond the surprise of a minority of pro-democracy friends, as global human rights organizations joined the resistance in varying degrees.  Politicians and scholars from various countries have also spoken out, either condemning the CCP for abusing human rights in china, or asking their own governments to boycott the Olympics Games in Beijing.  The Tibetan friends behaved most prominently.  They took the risk of going to prison and confronted the police.  They even ventured out of the crowd and rushed to the Olympic torch parade.


Under this kind of pressure, President George W. Bush met with Chinese opposition people at the White House, including leaders of the Han, Tibetan, and Uyghur ethnic groups.  Face to face, I criticized him and the US government's position.  He said: You are right to criticize, and you know that I am in a dilemma.  I will criticize the Chinese government's persecution of human rights publicly when I go to Beijing.  I said that I hope he will not be surrounded by plainclothes police in Beijing so that the Chinese people will not really be able to hear his voice.  As a result, President G. W. Bush changed his itinerary, made a special trip to Thailand to give a speech criticizing Beijing's human rights violations, then he flew to Beijing.


Although this wave of boycott movements cannot be said to have won a complete victory, it effectively weakened Jiang Zemin's large-scale external propaganda and greatly reduced its effectiveness.  At the same time, it had also caused a wave of global criticism of the CCP, and ordinary people have also noticed the atrocities by the CCP.  Meanwhile, it showed the moral stance of the United States and slowed down the decline of American leadership.  So it should be said that it was a successful campaign.


That a small force of the overseas Chinese democratic movement can cause such a big setback to the Chinese Communist regime shows the power of moral stance.  People have the same heart, and their hearts agree with the same morals.  The moral stance of human rights, democracy and freedom can sometimes indeed overcome profit calculations, because it is related to the long-term interests of all people and outweighs the short-term interests of some people.


The old Chinese saying goes: The one who wins the hearts of the people wins the world.  Only by standing under the common moral banner of all mankind can we gain the approval and support of all mankind.  This has been the source of American global leadership for many years.  Conversely, the main reason for the further loss of American leadership will be to care about the gains and losses of the immediate interests and abandon the common values of mankind.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation.  Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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(Written and recorded on May 13, 2021.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia on May 14, 2021.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1379-W988



Release Date: May 15, 2021



Topic: The United States Should Lead the Boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing  -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:美国应该领导抵制北京奥运会 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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