It is only a very few anti-China individuals and groups with bias against China who want to politicize the Beijing Olympics, and they cannot represent the international community, said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi here on Wednesday.
"These people could never get their way. Those who want to tarnish the image of China ... would only have their own images tarnished," said Yang at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.
Those anti-China forces will be opposed by both Chinese people and the international community, he said.
Non-politicization has been provided for in the Olympic Charter, and their political attacks are in violation of the Charter's principles, Yang said, adding that leaders and people from many countries have shown their support to China.
China is willing to discuss with the world and people from all walks of life to make the Beijing Olympic Games a success. "We welcome suggestion and criticism out of good will," he said.
Despite political row over the forthcoming Beijing Olympic Games, foreign governments and dignitaries have shown support for the Chinese stance. More than 100 state or government leaders across the world have expressed willingness to attend the Beijing Olympics in August. "The figure is still on the rise everyday," a senior diplomat said.
As the honorary president of the U.S. delegation for the Olympic Games, U.S. President George Bush called the Games a world sports festival and said that he opposed politicizing the event and expected a complete success for the Games.
British Justice Secretary Jack Straw said that Britain did not agree on linking the Olympics with the Darfur issue. The issue was the excuse at which Hollywood director Steven Spielberg's made a high-profile withdrawal as artistic consultant of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
(Xinhua News Agency March 12, 2008)