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F1 confirms no Chinese Grand Prix in 2023

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07/12/2022

F1 has confirmed that due to "ongoing difficulties" the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place.

"Formula 1 can confirm, following dialogue with the promoter and relevant authorities, that the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 situation," said F1 in a brief statement today.

"Formula 1 is assessing alternative options to replace the slot on the 2023 calendar and will provide an update on this in due course."

The euphemistically termed "ongoing difficulties" refer to the ongoing civil unrest which has spread to numerous cities as a result of enforced lockdown as the authorities continue a zero-Covid policy that has already been in force for nearly three years.

While surprisingly slow to pick up on the unrest, and the hardline reaction to it, various governments around the world are now beginning to condemn the way the situation is being handled, with some now openly criticising the president, Xi Jinping.

While the sport has conveniently managed to ignore the flouting of human rights in some countries it would appear that China is currently a step too far.

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1. Posted by kenji, 08/12/2022 1:15

"The only part of the 'cancel culture' ideology that I can gratefully accept is this one....."

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2. Posted by Chester, 05/12/2022 12:36

"Yes, reparations. The weak look to the past where their ancestors may have suffered. The strong look ahead. Max Noble's arguments are exactly spot on.

On China GP topic, I say "ding dong the witch is dead". Happy to see that autocratic country recede into the background."

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3. Posted by Defiant, 04/12/2022 17:52

"@kenji and Max, I'm not disagreeing with you on those points, reparations seem to be nothing more than money laundering these days anyway, but I don't see the relevance to my comment other than the word "history"

The history I was referring to is all pretty recent and in most cases still current.

So, HYPOCRICY MUCH????"

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4. Posted by kenji, 04/12/2022 13:29

"@ Max Noble....Very true. "

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5. Posted by Max Noble, 04/12/2022 4:28

"@Difiant - Then the Dutch East India company, Colonial Britain, the Vikings, the Portuguese Global moment. The Spanish expansion in Southern America. “The Troubles” in Ireland. The Scottish wars… Then do not get me started on how the “Bloody Roman’s” who have never done anything for us, owe the entire “Known World” reparations…
So The Romans hit-up the Greeks, the Monguls, and the Byzantines. Then we blame Portugal, Spain and the Dutch, with a side order of Viking, then we blame the French, the Brits, and the Belgians.

…yet the “Cradle of life” came from Northern Africa… so we all seek war/life/existence reparations from Northern Africa, that well known global seat of wealth…

…at which point do we stop reviewing history, and simply accept that which came before, in another time, under another set of morals, and imperial imperatives? Compared to the, ah, enlightened moments of today…?
"

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6. Posted by Greg, 02/12/2022 16:16

"Fully agree @defiant"

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7. Posted by Defiant, 02/12/2022 16:10

"OK, so how about all the other countries that have history of violating human rights, Bahrain, Saudi, Azerbaijan, Canada, Australia and UAE????

Hypocrisy much?"

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8. Posted by Mad Matt, 02/12/2022 13:08

"Are you sure the problem is human rights or is it more the fear that the "zero COVID" policy could mean a last minute cancellation or enforced quarantine of parts of the F1 circus?"

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