US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics announcement expected this week
The Biden administration is expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics sometime this week – as revealed by a senior administrator in government on Sunday night.
As it would be a diplomatic boycott and not a full boycott – the athletes would still be able to attend and participate but no government officials from the USA would attend. A complete boycott is not expected as of now.
This would be an attempt to send China a message on the world stage, without preventing their hard working athletes from participating.
China has been condemned internationally for numerous reasons- including; trying to suppress pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, policies towards it’s external regions of Tibet and Taiwan and for the abuse, exploitation and detention of Muslims Uyghurs in Xingjian.
‘Genocide’ is the term used by the State department, as well as a few European countries, to classify China’s actions.
“We have serious concerns about the human rights abuses that we’ve seen” – Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary last month.
A warning has been released by Chinese government officials stating a potential ‘robust Chinese response’ in the event of boycotts from the US or other countries.
“The US should stop politicizing sports and hyping up the so-called ‘diplomatic boycott’ so as not to affect China-US dialogue and cooperation in important areas” Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a news conference this morning.
He also said to boycott would be “a stain on the spirit of the Olympic charter” and a “sensationalist and politically manipulative” by US politicians.
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