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China Gets Five Central Asian Leaders to Attend Olympics

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The leaders of five Central Asian countries will attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in a tacit show of support for China as a U.S.-led diplomatic boycott and a growing Covid-19 epidemic threaten to mar the games.

The heads of states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan look forward to coming to Beijing next week, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a virtual summit held with Xi Jinping to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations. So far, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been one of the few world leaders to commit to attending the event, which the Chinese leader has lavished billions of dollars on to showcase his nation’s superpower status to the world.