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Raising tensions is contrary to IOC mission, says Bach******
The Olympic flame for the 2022 Winter Games on display at Beijing's Olympic Tower. (Xinhua/Wang Yong)。
BERLIN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics should not be used to raise global tensions and the athletes' participation is worldwide consensus.。
Bach expressed concerns about the athlete's participation after the United States announced not to send government officials to attend Beijing 2022 under the pretext of human rights. He welcomed all the support for the Olympic teams to give athletes certainty at the digital press conference after the IOC Executive Board meeting on Wednesday.。
"This is in full accordance with the approval by consensus of all the UN member states supporting the Olympic Truce Resolution," said the 67-year-old president. "The presence of government officials is a political decision. Political neutrality applies and IOC won't take a side."
According to Bach, IOC organizes the Games to unite the world, not to divide it. He took the Olympic Games in ancient time as an example to prove that political intervention would only destroy and bring the Games to an end.。
"We are living in this confrontational, divisive world where the tensions are rising high. If the games would even contribute to the tensions, it would be absolutely contrary to our mission," said Bach.。
Bach believed the IOC's mission and responsibility is to ensure everything related to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Charter and there is no doubt that the Chinese partners would deliver the commitments like what they have achieved in the testing events.。
"The host contract is fully respected. It includes the respect for human rights of all the participants and a number of other issues. And on this, we are working closely with the organizing committee," said Bach. Enditem。
China's mobile phone shipments reach 249 mln units in Jan.******
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's mobile phone shipments stood at 249 million units in the first nine months of the year, up 10.2 percent year on year, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
In September, the country's mobile phone shipments dropped 8.1 percent year on year to reach 21.44 million units, said the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
A total of 58 new models were released last month, down 3.3 percent from a year earlier, the data showed.
The country's domestic brands continued to dominate mobile phone shipments last month. Their shipments reached around 20.27 million units, making up 94.5 percent of the total shipments.
In the January-September period, shipments by domestic brands went up 8.9 percent year on year to reach 224 million units, according to the CAICT. Enditem