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Beijing Olympics: the new front line in the US-China cold war

By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington, Christopher Grimes in Los Angeles, Sara Germano in Beijing and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York

03 Feb 2022 · 9 min read

Chamath Palihapitiya, the Silicon Valley billionaire investor and part-owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, triggered a huge backlash when he said “nobody cares” about the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region.

While his comments in January were slammed for being unusually callous, they were also rare in another sense. In the months leading up to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, which open on Friday, companies have been keeping their heads down when asked about the persecution of more than 1mn Uyghur Muslims, which the Biden administration has called “genocide”.

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