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“It’s China and the West” – Does China care about diplomatic boycotts?

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As multiple countries across the world follow the United States’ move to boycott China’s 2022 Beijing Olympics, is China really phased by the action?

Canada and the UK are the latest to join a growing list of countries including the United States, Australia and New Zealand in not sending government officials to the games next year.

Most nations, besides New Zealand have cited China’s human rights abuses as the reason for their boycott, as tensions between western nations and the communist nation continue to escalate at rapid speed.

Canada is the most recent to join the boycott, with government officials stating that they are continuously disappointed that China has failed to act on its human rights record.

Ebony Bennet tells ticker NEWS China is acting like they “don’t care” / Image: File

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would not be sending an official delegation to the games, which will be held from February 4 to 20 in the Chinese capital.

Does China really care?

China has responded to the diplomatic action, but insist they ‘aren’t phased’ – instead the Chinese government says they’ll responsive action to those that continue to boycott.

China’s foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that the United States is attempting to interfere with the Games “out of ideological prejudice and based on lies and rumours.”

The spokesperson said China would respond with “resolute countermeasures,” with no further information on what those measures will be.

Mr Zhao then went on to tell the United States to “stop politicizing sports” and to stop, in his words, undermining the Olympics. He continued, saying, “otherwise it will undermine the dialogue and cooperation between the two countries in a series of important areas and international issues.

The comments from China come as Australia’s Prime Minister stated that his country will be making a stance against China, but reiterated that players from Oz will still compete.

“China and the West”

Speaking to ticker NEWS, the Australia Institute’s Ebony Bennett says the situation has now become about China vs the West.

“It isn’t a good look for China”

“China has responded aggressively rejecting that all these assertions that there is human rights abuses in China to begin with”


Australia has been mocked by China over its decision to follow the United States and announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Chinese newspaper The Global Times shared two cartoons on their website, depicting what it described as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “lack of an independent policy” and “acting as a henchman” of the US.

The first image shared to Twitter showed a kangaroo holding a balloon emblazoned with the US flag floating in the sky.

The account shared a post from Sydney Morning Herald on the news of the boycotting, captioning it “No.1 Us lackey,” alongside hand clapping emojis.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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