Biden Administration Says It Won’t Send Any Officials To Beijing Winter 2022 Olympic to protest the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said the US is sending a ‘clear message’ that human rights abuses in China mean there can’t be ‘business as usual’.
‘The Biden administration will not send any official or diplomatic representatives to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic games in the context of the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,’ said Psaki.
‘We have a fundamental commitment to advancing human rights. And we feel strongly in our position and we will continue to take actions to promote human rights in China and beyond,’ Psaki added.
The diplomatic boycott, which will not prevent American athletes from competing, comes two months before the Olympics begin in February.
Last month, President Joe Biden said he was considering a diplomatic boycott as China faces criticism for its suppression of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, its policies toward Tibet and Taiwan, as well as detention and abuse. Islam The Uighurs of Xinjiang, which the US State Department has classified as genocide
Psaki added that Team USA has the ‘full support’ of the authorities but that the authorities will not ‘contribute to the fanfare of the game’.
The news comes after China pledged in April that there would be a ‘strong Chinese response’ if the US went ahead with a complete boycott of the Olympics.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to reports of the boycott notice on Monday, stressing that ‘The Winter Olympic Games are not a stage for political manipulation and manipulation. ‘
‘US politicians continue to hype “diplomatic boycotts” without even being invited to the Olympics. Dreamy thinking and pure greatness are aimed at political manipulation. It is a grave betrayal of the spirit of the Olympic Charter, a blatant political provocation and a grave insult to the 1.4 billion people of China. ‘
Governments often send a high-level diplomatic mission to the opening ceremony to show international support for the thousands of athletes from around the world taking part. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held from February 4 to 20.
The International Olympic Committee has said that controlling the human rights records of the host countries is beyond its scope.
In October, IOC president Thomas Bach said in a speech that matches should be ‘respected as a politically neutral platform.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/06/us-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-2022-beijing-winter-olympics-15726616/ The US announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics