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International relations

As Tokyo Games end, boycott debate looms over Beijing Olympics

Human rights activists say freedom has retreated in China since 2008

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a venue for Olympic figure skating in Beijing on Jan. 18.    © Xinhua/Kyodo

HONG KONG -- As the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games close on Sunday, attention will turn to Beijing and the prospects of a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Chinese capital's second turn at hosting the Olympics in less than 15 years.

Critics say human rights in China have only deteriorated since the nation hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

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