Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday that some US politicians were attempting “to smear and discredit China in an attempt to interfere with and hinder the preparation and holding of the Beijing Winter Olympics.”
“This is a serious violation of the spirit of the Olympic Charter and damages the interests of athletes from all countries and the international Olympic cause,” he said at a regular press briefing. “The remarks of these congressional members are full of arrogance, ignorance and lies. This is a typical American farce, and is bound to be unpopular and unsuccessful.”
He asked the executives whether the Games should be relocated.
“As long as governments are allowing the athletes to attend the games, we as Visa will be there to support or sponsor them,” said Andrea Fairchild, Visa’s senior vice president of Global Sponsorship Strategy.
David Holyoke, head of Airbnb’s Olympics and Paralympics Partnership, said that the company’s partnership with the International Olympic Committee is “not focused on Beijing or any other single games.”
And Intel executive vice president and general counsel Steven Rodgers said that the company has “not stated a position on the location of the games.”
Procter & Gamble’s Sean Mulvaney, senior director of global government relations and public policy, said the company was “holding off” on marketing decisions to hear the commission’s perspectives.
And Visa’s Fairchild said that the company is focused on Tokyo, adding that it is too soon to make other decisions given the pandemic.
Asked for further comment, Airbnb told CNN Business that the company looks “forward to continuing to share more information with the Commission regarding our work to support Olympic and Paralympic athletes and our ongoing commitment to enabling economic empowerment in communities around the world.”
Coca Cola said that it did not have anything to add to its remarks to the Commission. The other companies did not respond to a request for comment.