China has hit back at the suggestion that the United States could boycott next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing due to concerns about China's human rights record.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has been strongly criticizing China for the country's alleged abuses against the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. Beijing denies that it has committed human rights violations.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Tuesday suggested that the US will not rule out consulting with its allies about a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed the US claim that Beijing has committed abuses against the Uighurs as a complete lie.
Zhao said politicizing sports runs counter to the spirit of the Olympic Charter. He added that a boycott would harm the interests of the athletes.
He said the US Olympic Committee and the rest of the international community would not accept that.
Zhao expressed confidence that the Beijing Olympics will be a successful and extraordinary event.