BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- China said on Tuesday if
any foreign officials boycotted the Beijing Olympic Games, they were boycotting
a grand event that belonged to the world's people, and would only invite
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made
the remarks at a regular press conference when responding to a journalist who
asked her to comment on remarks by a U.S. senior official about a possible
boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
"If any one wants to take the world people's grand
event as a stage for political show, he or she has found a wrong place, and will
only ask for an insult."
She said it was not flattering China for foreign
officials to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; they actually came to attend the
gathering of the big family of the Olympics and to cheer for their own sports
teams. Jiang added those who leave the Olympics are leaving the Games' big
family and they will only damage the image of themselves.
On whether China was concerned about the security of
the Olympic torch relay, Jiang said the government had the confidence to make
joint efforts with all foreign governments concerned to ensure the global relay
of the Olympic flame that belonged to the world's people.
She said the Olympic torch relay was delivering the
Olympic concept of peace, friendship and harmony and the Olympic spirit. Any
disturbance or disruption of the torch relay was an open provocation of the
Olympic charter and the Olympic spirit and a challenge to the world's people who
love peace and the Olympic Games.
The Olympic flame arrived on Tuesday afternoon at
Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, the first stop of the global torch relay.
Following in the footsteps of the Athens Games, the
Beijing relay is the longest and most ambitious event.