Trying to win Olympics medals? Cotton reminds Beijing: ‘Real victims’ are Chinese

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) again taunted Beijing over its displeasure with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to appoint a Russian team official as the head of a competition in Utah. Cotton took to Twitter…

Trying to win Olympics medals? Cotton reminds Beijing: ‘Real victims’ are Chinese

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) again taunted Beijing over its displeasure with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to appoint a Russian team official as the head of a competition in Utah.

Cotton took to Twitter late on Friday to mock the reaction to the “shameful” and “bizarre” incident, which also included U.S. Olympic medalists Michael Phelps and Simone Biles attacking the move.

“When we snub China, the U.S. should feel mocked,” Cotton tweeted at about midnight Eastern time. “Not to Xi Jinping. Not to Xi or anyone else in the Chinese government. But to our Olympic athletes and to the millions of Chinese-Americans.”

He then linked to a story from the Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper that called China “hardly the world’s biggest victim of war” — “real victims” being the Vietnamese people. He then added: “So now they’re playing #Shamefullympics with Beijing’s shame! #trashpresident.”

China is more than two centuries removed from Japan’s first attack on Pearl Harbor. Since then, China has seen one of the most brutal and aggressive campaigns of occupation ever waged by any nation, with large swaths of its people subjected to official anti-Chinese policies, some of which have been reversed.

The Beijing Olympic organizing committee is boycotting the closing ceremony over competing against Russians with known or suspected links to Russian state-run doping.

The controversy played out at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s annual meeting, where Olympic and Paralympic organizers had adopted a charter statement condemning “the recent ban by the IAAF of the Russian track and field athletes from international competition.”

The Athletics Federation of Russia had been banned by the United States and the International Association of Athletics Federations, after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report found the systemic use of the drug-fueled Russian system to cheat across all sports and equipment categories.

Cotton’s apparent reference was to one of his 2016 comments on the issue, saying, “If you’re looking for moral relativism in the Olympic ideal, you won’t find it in the Winter Olympics, or this week, or anywhere else.”

The new administration of President Xi Jinping — a true global power who exudes confidence and belief in his Communist Party — is in an awkward position, uneasy with certain commitments. China has been practicing a more assertive, anti-U.S. foreign policy and its first territorial claim has brought an assertive response from Washington.

Cotton recently called for the United States to block China’s effort to renew its seat on the U.N. Security Council for a three-year term. A Foreign Affairs article on the post cited earlier commentary from his 2016 campaign that said “there are legitimate and rightful grievances shared between the U.S. and China.”

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