Will the Olympics thaw relations between China and Japan?


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games finally commenced on July 23 after a year-long delay, despite the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic.
The Tokyo Olympics have drawn extra attention throughout the world since it is the first big global sporting event to be hosted since the epidemic began last year. Japan has had four waves of new coronavirus illnesses, with local health authorities’ responses varying. Following the recent outbreak of illnesses, the Japanese government declared the fourth state of emergency for Tokyo, which would last from July 12 to August 22. However, this has had little effect on the virus’s spread in Tokyo.
Despite this, the Tokyo Olympics have received widespread support from throughout the world. On July 21, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remarked that “the Olympic spirit brings forth humanity’s finest” and “inspires and unites us in difficult times,” while emphasizing that “every athlete in Tokyo has overcome great difficulties.”
The Tokyo Olympics aren’t just about Japan. It is also much more than a big sporting event, as it represents the human spirit and capacity to overcome adversity, including defeating a virus.
China, which will host the Winter Olympics in 2022, has long backed Japan’s bid to host the Tokyo Games. President Xi Jinping said China would collaborate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its member nations to promote the Tokyo Summer Olympics and ensure a safe and seamless Beijing Winter Olympics during phone conversations with IOC president Thomas Bach in January and May.
China’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, stated ahead of the Tokyo Games that the Chinese and Japanese governments are committed to a successful Summer and Winter Olympics.
China has also maintained regular contact with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee and Japanese government agencies, promising all assistance to guarantee the success of the Tokyo Games. As long as Japan respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, China will continue talking and working with it.


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