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  • The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

  • Are just one year away.

  • And there will be no problems whatsoever.

  • Welcome to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • It's 2021, and the Olympic Games are almost upon us!

  • No, I'm not talking about the 2020 summer olympics in Tokyo that were postponed to 2021

  • because of Covid.

  • And which Japanese people are mostly opposed to holding at all nowbecause of Covid.

  • No, I'm talking about the much anticipated 2022 Olympics in Beijing!

  • Yes, the Winter Olympicsthe forgotten stepchild of the good Olympics.

  • This month marks one year out from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • And according to Chinese state-run media, it's just received a vote of confidence!

  • Which is the only vote that's allowed in China.

  • Now, sure there have been some problems.

  • Like how the mountains near Beijing don't...have...snow.

  • But that's only a minor problem for Beijingaccording to this state-run media video.

  • "The National Alpine Skiing Center has been built at an altitude of 2,198 meters with

  • great efforts."

  • Wait, go back.

  • See?

  • You can just cover your bare mountain slopes in artificial snow, and no one will be the

  • wiser.

  • And that's definitely not a metaphor for anything else that happens in communist China.

  • It's like how ahead of the 2008 Olympics, they spray painted the grass green.

  • At least there was grass there in the first place

  • So I say, why bother to even make fake snow for 2022—when you can just spray paint the

  • rocks white!

  • This way you can have the Winter Olympics and the X Games all in one!

  • Of course, there's one other pesky little problem with the 2022 Winter Olympics: A lot

  • of human rights groups want to boycott it.

  • As Hong Kong Free Press put it last week, “China will host the first genocide Olympics”.

  • Which, I don't think is fair.

  • It's actually the second Genocide Olympics.

  • The first one was when Beijing held the Olympics in 2008.

  • But at least Beijing will be the first city in the world to host both a Summer and Winter

  • Genocide Olympics.

  • Truly historic

  • And for all those who are concerned, don't worry: There won't be any genocide happening

  • *at* the Olympics.

  • It will be happening at the *same time* as the Olympics, but in a totally different part

  • of China.

  • Where we can all ignore it while talking about how impressive the opening ceremony is.

  • Nonetheless, the calls for a boycott are growing

  • Last week, a group of UK Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum called

  • for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

  • As MP Ed Davey put it, “Our brightest and best athletes should not be forced to be part

  • of a propaganda exercise for the Chinese Communist party while it tries to wipe the Uighur people

  • off the face of the planet.”

  • They're calling for British athletes to simply not participate, unless the 2022 Olympics

  • is moved to another country that doesn't have these kinds of human rights abuses.

  • I know, it's hard to move the Olympics only one year out.

  • But there *are* other cities that already have all the infrastructure for the Winter

  • Olympics...and totally different kinds of human rights abuses.

  • See, the ones in Russia were the Gulag Games.

  • I hope you realize by now that no matter how bad human right abuses get, the International

  • Olympics Committee really doesn't give a hoot.

  • Because as the former head of the IOC once said, “we stand for human rights...but we

  • are only a sports organization.”

  • That's from the same 2007 interview where he said he believed the upcoming 2008 Beijing

  • Olympic Games wouldbe a force for good.”

  • How'd that turn out?

  • Anyway, there are still calls for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

  • And the Chinese Communist Party wants you to know, they don't care.

  • As my favorite state-run media The Global Times says, the forces inciting a boycott

  • of the Winter Olympics will never succeed.

  • Because theirextreme claims...will never be widely echoed”.

  • And to prove how little China cares, they will 'seriously sanction' any country

  • that boycotts the Winter Olympics

  • This also shows that China opposes politicizing the Beijing Winter Olympics.

  • To be clear, it's other countries' boycotts that are politicizing things, not China's

  • revenge sanctions.

  • Those are not political.

  • Now I'm not saying these threats haven't worked to stop the boycotts.

  • But they also haven't not worked.

  • The US has said it had no intention of telling its athletes not to go.”

  • Yeah.

  • Sometimes you just gotta cooperate with China, despite the genocide.

  • And Canada has taken it one step further.

  • The Canadian Olympic Committee is warning its athletes not to even criticize China.

  • Which, sadly, might be good adviceif those athletes want to be allowed to leave China.

  • Unlike all the Canadians that have been detained there.

  • There were calls for boycotts of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, too.

  • But in the end, no countries boycotted.

  • But even without an Olympic boycott, people around the world found ways to highlight China's

  • human rights abuses

  • Like when Beijing had the brilliant idea to bring their Olympic torch relay around the

  • world.

  • And then people protested it.

  • At every...

  • Stop...

  • Along...

  • The...

  • Way.

  • It was pretty embarrassing for the Chinese Communist Party, what with people around the

  • world airing their dirty laundry.

  • But despite, or perhaps because of, the global embarrassment, the Chinese Communist Party

  • promised to allow protests during the Olympics.

  • They even set up special zones inside three Beijing parks, where people would be allowed

  • to protest.

  • All protesters had to do first wasobtain permits from the local police”.

  • And you can guess how that worked out: really well!

  • For the police.

  • Who just arrested protesters ahead of time.

  • Pre-crime—I'm telling youit works.

  • So now that we've learned from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will anything change for

  • the 2022 Beijing Olympics

  • Although there is more awareness globally about the Chinese Communist Party's human

  • right abuses, and their attempt to influence the rest of the world, it's still unlikely

  • there will be an Olympics boycott

  • Historically, there have been two major boycotts of Olympic games.

  • During the Cold War, the US, Canada, and more than 60 countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow

  • Olympics.

  • The US boycotted because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • In return, the Soviet Union and a group of mostly communist countries boycotted the 1984

  • Los Angeles Olympics.

  • And since the US has said it has no plans to boycott the Beijing Olympics, it's unlikely

  • other countries will.

  • However, now some human rights groups are calling for a different type of boycott—a

  • diplomatic boycott.

  • That means that countries would let their athletes compete in the Olympics, but they

  • wouldn't send a high-level official to attend.

  • That way, they take away some of the soft power that the Chinese Communist Party gets

  • from hosting the event.

  • Will any countries do that?

  • It's still too soon to say

  • So despite all the protests ahead of the 2022 Olympics...

  • It looks like the 2022 Beijing Games are going to go ahead as planned.

  • Snow or no snow.

  • And I think this is a terrible mistake.

  • Because what *should* happen, is the Chinese Communist Party should *welcome* other countries

  • to boycott the Olympics.

  • Especially all the countries with the best athletes.

  • Because then, China can win all the gold medals for themselves.

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from one of you, a viewer who directly supports

  • China Uncensored by contributing a dollar or more per episode on the crowdfunding website

  • Patreon.

  • Casey asks: “Are coin collectors unintentionally rewarding

  • the CCP by purchasing gold and silver panda coins?'

  • I think the real question, Casey, is why would anyone want to collect a panda-anything?

  • Pandas are the very symbol of Beijing's propaganda.

  • Oh, we're so cute, look at us.

  • The Communist Party is so soft and cuddly.

  • We could never forcibly harvest your organs.”

  • No!

  • It's a lie!

  • Don't fall for it!

  • Argh, stop!

  • So yes, don't buy China's stupid panda coins

  • Also, if you buy a gold coin from China, would you really trust that it's made entirely

  • of real gold?

  • Thanks for your question, Casey.

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  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

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