The United States’ position on the world stage has been questioned over the past few weeks as world leaders hold meetings and take sides, especially amid rising tensions between China and the United States. Ky.
But now, South Korea, a longtime US ally, has deviated from the US lead and will not join the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday said his government is “not considering” the boycott. He said: Bloomberg reported.
Naturally, China welcomed South Korea’s decision, considering it a move in the spirit of friendship.
Tensions between the US and China are increasing.
The diplomatic boycott has been encouraged by members of Congress and human rights advocacy groups. Unlike the more dramatic and comprehensive boycott of the Games under President Jimmy Carter in 1980, this boycott left athletes free to compete in Beijing.
China, of course, strongly criticized this US decision
“The US only wants to politicize sport, cause division and incite confrontation,” said a statement from a spokesman for China’s mission to the United Nations, according to a statement. BBC report. “The success of the Olympics does not depend on the participation of a few government officials from other countries.”
Should Korea join the boycott?
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“No one cares whether these people come or not, and it has no effect on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games was held successfully,” said a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, according to BBC.
But others have joined in condemning China’s human rights abuses.
Although the US initially only announced a diplomatic boycott, since then Australia, Canada and the UK have joined.
But China’s commercial role in the Korean peninsula is huge, which is probably why South Korea doesn’t want to create a bigger enemy by participating in the boycott. According to Bloomberg, China is Seoul’s largest trading partner.
“Clearly, our relations with China have some aspects of conflict and competition,” Moon said, according to a Bloomberg report.
But he later said that China’s “constructive efforts” are needed for denuclearization North Korea, and for “peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”
But this Korean abandonment doesn’t make Biden look good.
Biden has tried to build a foothold on the international stage by taking a stand against China, but when America’s strongest Asian partner doesn’t join, it’s a bad look.
However, while this diplomatic boycott might have been mitigated without South Korea participating, it’s still the right thing to do in principle.
China’s merciless abuse and repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang province is completely unacceptable.
While the spirit of boycott is right, the Biden administration should do more to contain China. And find a way to get South Korea on board in countering China will be crucial.
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