China slams US diplomatic boycott of Olympics as ‘ideological prejudice’

China said Tuesday it was firmly opposed to a United States diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, hinting at countermeasures and slamming the announcement as violating “political neutrality in sport”.

“The US attempt to interfere with the Beijing Winter Olympics out of ideological prejudice, based on lies and rumours, will only expose (its) sinister intentions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.