China Rejects Attempt to Link Developments in Burma to Beijing Olympics – Glenn Kessler

From The Washington Post:

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy said yesterday that his government is working hard to stem the violence in Burma and argued against efforts by activists to link participation in the Beijing-based 2008 Summer Olympics to China’s handling of Burma.

Linking the two is “totally irresponsible,” Wang Baodong, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, said at a hastily called news conference. He said that the Olympicmovement is based on “non-politicalization,” and that China’s “consistent stance is that irrelevant issues should not be linked to the Beijing Olympic games.” [Full Text]

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