Olympics: Congrats for Tokyo from Chinese committee but not from Beijing
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has received a raft of messages on its successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics but a goodwill message from China has been conspicuously absent, the government said on Tuesday.
The United States, South Korea and many other Asia-Pacific nations have offered congratulations to Japan since the International Olympic Committee on Saturday chose Tokyo to host the summer Games over Istanbul and Madrid.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, however, noted on Tuesday that no official message from Beijing had been forthcoming.
"I am sure that, as a matter of course, (China) welcomes our hosting of the Olympics, which is a sports festival," he said, stressing that Tokyo supported Beijing when the Chinese capital hosted the 2008 Olympics.