China Beijing Olympics 2022

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Canadian researchers find security flaws in Chinese government’s MY2022 Olympic app
Researchers at a Toronto-based tech laboratory have uncovered security vulnerabilities and censorship frameworks in an app all 2022 Beijing Olympics attendees must use.
The Citizen Lab, a research institute at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy that studies spyware, found a “simple but devastating” flaw in the MY2022 app that makes audio files, health and customs forms transmitting passport details, and medical and travel history vulnerable to hackers.
Researcher Jeffrey Knockel found MY2022 does not validate some SSL certificates, digital infrastructure that uses encryption to secure apps and ensures no unauthorized people can access information as it is transmitted.

17 January
China says tickets for Winter Olympics will not be sold to general public due to Covid-19
(CNN)Tickets for the upcoming Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing will not be sold to the general public in response to Covid-19 but will instead be distributed by authorities, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee announced Monday.
“In terms of the grim and complex situation of epidemic prevention and control [and] in order to protect the health and safety of Olympic personnel and spectators, we have decided to change the original plan of public ticket sales,” the committee said.
Groups of spectators will be invited on site throughout the Games and will be required to “strictly comply with Covid-19 prevention and control requirements before, during and after watching the Games.”

2021

22 December
NHL officially announces players won’t attend Beijing Olympics
League cites schedule disruptions, rising COVID-19 cases as reasons for withdrawal
Players expected to return for 2026 Games
Donald Fehr, executive director of National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), agreed a full NHL schedule is important to maintain and that he expects players to be able to attend the next Olympics.

10 December
Beijing Olympics: Canada, the U.K. and others join Biden’s diplomatic boycott, but it’s not enough
(The Conversation) In protest of an “ongoing genocide” in Xinjiang amid other human rights abuses by Beijing, Biden’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games is mostly a half measure that will annoy Beijing and could put U.S. athletes at risk. … Xi’s government has a proven track record of punishing anyone who disagrees with it — including athletes and sports organizations.
… Could arbitrary charges be imposed by Beijing on athletes who express dissent against the country’s treatment of Hong Kong, Taiwan or the people of Tibet and Xinjiang? Could athletes be detained if drug tests come back positive? What actions could occur if athletes test positive for COVID-19?
These are all questions that diplomats and political leaders are good at handling. But for the U.S., and now several other nations including Canada, they won’t be there to help during the games.
EU countries skate around Winter Olympics boycott
The US and its allies won’t send officials to the Beijing 2022 Games. But Europe still dithers over a response.
France’s Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told the media early Thursday morning that his junior colleague Roxana Maracineanu, a former Olympic silver medalist, will attend the Beijing event, proclaiming that France would not boycott.
But Blanquer was contradicted minutes later by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who signaled that he’s open to EU-wide talks to discuss a diplomatic boycott.
“We are in favor of a common position [within the EU], which we will discuss in all its aspects at the next meeting of foreign ministers, or at a subsequent meeting. But this issue must be dealt with at a European level,” he said.
His position was immediately echoed by the new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who traveled to Paris in her first diplomatic visit since taking on her new role on Wednesday. “We will decide in the new federal government how to deal with this issue further, but this will also be done in harmony with our European friends,” Baerbock added.

6-8 December
Ian Bremmer: Should the US boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?
Washington will refrain from sending government officials to the February Games to protest China’s human rights abuses. Is this the right call?
Trudeau announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
Canada will not send government officials to 2022 Winter Olympics in China
How Many Countries Will Follow the U.S. Boycott of Beijing’s Olympics?
Several have signaled that they will find ways to protest China’s human rights abuses, whether they declare a diplomatic boycott or not.
(NYT) Neither President Biden nor other American officials are going, but the Russian leader might. New Zealand says it decided months ago that its diplomats wouldn’t be attending. Political leaders of other nations are expected to bow out, too, whether they announce an explicit reason or not.
In less than two months, China will open the 24th Winter Olympics in Beijing under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic and now also a diplomatic boycott intended to protest the host country’s repressive policies.
(CBC Radio The Current) The U.S. announcement of a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics has prompted calls for Canada to do the same. We talk to two former Olympians: former U.S. Olympic soccer player Jules Boykoff, who is now a politics professor and author of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics; and Angela Schneider, a rower who won silver in Los Angeles in 1984. She’s now an associate professor and director at the International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western University.
China condemns U.S. diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
(Reuters) – China on Tuesday accused the United States of betraying Olympic principles and said Washington will “pay a price” for its diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Games in Beijing even as a top International Olympic Committee official voiced respect for the U.S. decision.
The White House announced on Monday that U.S. government officials will boycott the Winter Olympics because of China’s human rights “atrocities,” though the action allows American athletes to travel to Beijing to compete. Key U.S. allies have hesitated to join the action.
President Joe Biden’s administration cited what the United States calls genocide against minority Muslims in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. China denies all rights abuses.
In pointed snub, no U.S. government official will attend Beijing Winter Olympics
(WaPo) The United States will not send President Biden or any U.S. government official to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February to protest China’s human rights abuses, the White House announced Monday, in a pointed snub to a country seeking to use the Games to enhance its global standing.
Though largely symbolic — the diplomatic boycott does not affect the ability of American athletes to participate in the Games — it will be seen as a major affront by Washington’s greatest military and economic competitor as China seeks to distract from its increasingly repressive policies at home and aggression abroad.
Pressure to mount such a boycott has been building for months, with lawmakers from both parties and human rights advocates calling on the Biden administration not to attend in response to Beijing’s policies targeting democracy activists in Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, among other issues. The administration in March declared China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims a genocide.
IOC member says diplomatic boycott of Olympics won’t sway Beijing
Dick Pound: ‘There are the games within games that go into any international relationships.’
(Politico) International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing winter games are unlikely to make much of an impact.
“That’s a way that governments can signal their disapproval of whatever the particular Chinese policies may be — whether it makes any difference to the Chinese is anybody’s guess. I would say, basically, no. … Kind of by default, everyone’s backing into a position that the athletes will go, the games will go on and the relationships with China will take their course.”

3 December
Open Letter to IOC on Peng Shuai
This is an opinion post by Peter Dahlin, not Safeguard Defenders
With the NGO Safeguard Defenders, I have been paying very close attention to the worrying situation of Peng Shuai in the People’s Republic of China. Peng has been disappeared, at least temporarily, only to appear in a series of ever-stranger and rather obviously staged appearances. This practice is eerily similar to a recurrent CCP tactic of stage-managed (TV) appearances, where victims are paraded and forced to perform by the police, often in an effort to counter international criticism.
While you may not have been fully aware of this practice at the outset of Peng’s disappearance, the behaviour of the IOC has taken a serious turn for the worse following your December 2 press release on a second closed-door video-call with Peng.
Contrary to your latest statements, the actions of the IOC are directly putting Peng at greater risk. If this continued error is indeed due to ignorance, this open letter will at least be one step to remedy such lack of knowledge, information, and understanding.
The practice of stage-managed appearances is most often referred to as forced televised confessions, though recently PRC police will more often resort to posting such videos on their social media channels or have newspapers carry them on their websites. In every scenario, the purpose remains the same: to either attack the person her- or himself, or to counter international criticism.

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