Written by Madhav Bahl, a grade 9 student.
China has been in the news for the past few years – for all the controversial reasons.
First, there was the covid pandemic that started in China. Recently tennis star Peng Shuai went missing in China, even though later she had a video call with the head of the Olympic committee it was a stressful situation as nobody could find where she was.
It’s an open secret that China is one of the world’s most closed countries in terms of the rest of the world not being able to find out what exactly is happening in China.
Now many countries are boycotting the Winter Olympics that are to take place in Beijing in February next year.
Why is the world boycotting the Beijing Olympics?
The UK, Australia, Canada, and the US have refused to send their diplomats to the event – their athletes can still go, however.
Why is this?
It’s got to do with China’s treatment of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang region – which lies in the northwest of China and it’s where most of the minorities live.
The US has accused China of genocide and of repressing the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
China denies this and has said that the countries that are boycotting the Olympics will pay a price for it!