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Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

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During a bipartisan congressional hearing on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked her fellow members to boycott the Beijing Olympics in February.

“Here’s what I propose – and join those who are proposing – is a diplomatic boycott,” Pelosi said, asking that “lead countries of the world withhold their attendance at the Olympics.”

Those who have already called for a boycott include coalitions of Uyghurs, Tibetan and Hong Kongers. Among them are the World Uyghur Congress, Campaign for Uyghurs, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibet Action Institute, We The Hongkongers, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center, China Against the Death Penalty, and Keep Taiwan Free.

“Let’s not honor the Chinese government by having heads of state go to China,” Pelosi said.

“For heads of state to go to China in light of a genocide that is ongoing – while you’re sitting there in your seat – really begs the question, what moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any place in the world?” she said.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognized the acts against Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China as a genocide back in January.

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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