First look | Read the meaning behind this Winter Olympic list


January 28 is one week before the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.A list of guests attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing is widely represented: from Africa to Latin America, from Asia to Europe, as well as heads of international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this list fully demonstrates the world’s trust and support for China, and also tests China’s epidemic prevention and staging capability in the face of complex and severe situations.There are several implications to be gleaned from this unusual long list.The Olympic Games belongs to the whole world, and it is a grand gathering of all mankind.The Hosting of the Winter Olympics is a matter of great concern to the Chinese people, and President Xi Jinping has always been mindful of this.The Beijing Winter Olympics is the first Winter Games to be held since the Olympic motto “More United” was added. It is also the first global multi-sport event to be held as scheduled since the COVID-19 outbreak.As for the special significance of hosting the Winter Olympic Games, President Xi Jinping stressed in his meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on January 25 that “greater unity” advocated by the Olympic Movement is what is most needed in today’s era.It is better for all countries in the world to share a bigger boat than in more than 190 small boats for a better future. That is why we put forward the slogan of “Together for the Future” for the Beijing Winter Olympics.”Together” — a sincere invitation to the Winter Olympics, giving people warmth and strength;The “future”, with its hopes and dreams, is an inexhaustible driving force for people to overcome difficulties and forge ahead together.”Together for the Future” not only embodies the Olympic values of unity, friendship and progress, but also embodies China’s consistent vision and the global vision embodied in it: to work with people of all countries to help each other and create a better future.Athletes ski at the National Cross-country Ski Center in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2019.As a matter of fact, there is no shortage of struggles and contests around the Beijing Winter Olympics.On the one hand, it recognizes China’s contribution to the Olympic cause, looks forward to the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and supports countries around the world to work together to tackle the crisis and usher in a better future.On the other hand, a small number of Western politicians have created “noise” from time to time, citing “human rights issues” as an excuse not to send government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics.Just like the old Chinese saying — “just cause receives much help, while unjust cause receives little help”.It is against the trend of history for a certain country to smear, boycott and interfere with the Winter Olympics, which will ultimately be unpopular and doomed to bankruptcy. Opposing the politicization of sports has become the universal aspiration of the international community.On Jan. 25, President Xi Jinping hosted a video summit marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the five Central Asian countries. The heads of state of the five Central Asian countries expressed their eagerness to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in China and their support for the games.From the list released today, all five heads of state are on it.Greater unity is the call of the Olympic family and the people of the world.”To ensure the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics is a major event for the Party and the country, and a solemn commitment we have made to the international community.”President Xi Jinping has always attached great importance to and personally promoted preparations for the Winter Olympics.Honor and keep promises, the style of China is consistent.Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, preparations for the Winter Olympics have not been interrupted, weakened and standards lowered.After more than six years of preparations, all preparations have been made for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and the games will be held smoothly as scheduled.The successful hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics as scheduled in the face of the challenges posed by the epidemic fully demonstrates China’s image and responsibility as a major country that honors its promise.A light show is on at shougang Ski jump in Shijingshan District, Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 20, 2019.At present, the omikron strain is still spreading around the world, but China has the confidence and ability to host the Olympics safely.The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (BOCOG) have issued two versions of the Epidemic Prevention and Control Manual. China is strictly implementing all prevention and control measures in accordance with the manual, doing its utmost to prevent the outbreak of the epidemic and ensure the health and safety of all personnel participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.At the same time, China has been leading the way and contributing to global cooperation on COVID-19 — it was the first country to commit to making COVID-19 vaccines a global public good, supporting the exemption of vaccine intellectual property rights, and launching the Belt and Road Vaccine Partnership initiative.A thousand people of the same mind, a thousand strength;Ten thousand hearts, no one is used.More and more countries are speaking highly of China’s contribution to and proposals for global cooperation against COVID-19.Bach, in a meeting with President Xi Jinping on January 25, praised China’s comprehensive epidemic prevention measures and said, “WE believe that China’s strong measures will ensure the safe, smooth and successful holding of the Winter Olympic Games.”On the same day, President Xi Jinping announced a series of major measures to strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with Central Asian countries at the video Summit marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the five Central Asian countries. The leaders of the five countries expressed confidence that China will overcome the difficulties of the epidemic and host the Beijing Winter Olympics as scheduled, which will bring more confidence and hope to the world.The epidemic is like a yardstick, measuring a country’s governance capacity and level.The attendance of political leaders and heads of international organizations at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games is a positive affirmation of China’s achievements in fighting COVID-19 and a demonstration of confidence in the safe hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.As President Xi Jinping once pointed out, “Sports can not only improve people’s health, but also promote mutual understanding and friendship among people of all countries.The Olympic spirit of unity, friendship and peace is deeply rooted in the hearts of Chinese people.”Sport is the common language of all mankind. From the historic “Ping-pong diplomacy” to the joint entrance of the Two Koreas at the Opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, sport has played an important role in building Bridges of communication and dialogue between different countries and peoples.President Xi has been using sports to promote state-to-state relations and amity between the people, and has spared no effort to promote the Development of the Olympic Movement.In February 2014, on the occasion of the Spring Festival, President Xi Jinping traveled thousands of miles to Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, which was the first time for a Chinese head of state to attend a large-scale international sports event held outside China.In 2017, President Xi Jinping paid a special visit to the HEADQUARTERS of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne during his first overseas visit in the New Year to Switzerland, the roof of Europe.Bach said the “historic” visit once again proves the long-term good cooperative relations between China and the IOC, and shows the importance Xi attaches to the diversified values of sports and the development of sports.Performers perform during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Capital of China, Jan. 22, 2019.Xinhua News Agency reporter Xu Yanan/Beijing Winter Olympics are about to open.This event is of far-reaching significance to show a true, three-dimensional and comprehensive China, the integration of Chinese culture and Olympic culture, and the exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and other civilizations.”Hundreds of millions of Chinese people and I welcome friends from all over the world to meet in Beijing in 2022!Welcome, friends!”At the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, President Xi Jinping sent a heartfelt invitation to the world via video.The pace of The Beijing Winter Olympics is getting closer and closer, and the enthusiasm of the international community has been ignited.

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