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White House announces boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Chinese performers dance during the ceremony marking the arrival of the Olympic flag and the start of the flag-raising journey for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: AP

Chinese performers dance during the ceremony marking the arrival of the Olympic flag and the start of the flag-raising journey for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: AP

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UPDATE 8:20 AM PT – Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Joe Biden took a light blow to China’s soft power. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that the United States would not send any official or diplomatic representatives to Beijing during the 2022 Winter Olympics. She announced the move. stemming from China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province. However, the Biden administration will allow top American athletes to compete.

“The athletes on Team USA have our full support, we will support them 100% when we cheer them on at home, but will not contribute to the fanfare of the games, ‘ Psaki said. “The official or diplomatic mission of the United States will treat these games as normal business in the face of the PRC’s atrocities and serious human rights violations in Xinjiang, and we simply cannot do that.”

US State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed the partial boycott, adding regular diplomatic staff and security would remain in the country. He stressed that the Biden administration will not send a special delegation to commemorate matches hosted by China.

“We intend to provide diplomatic and consular security services to ensure that our athletes, coaches, coaches, staff members are associated with the Olympic team,” said Mr. America is safe,” Price said. “Of course they have access to the services for American citizens that we provide as a matter of routine to all Americans abroad.”

The Chinese Communist Party hit back at the Biden administration, denouncing the partial boycott as “great.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan warned the CCP would take resolute countermeasures against the US and begged the Biden administration to surrender.

“Unless invited, American politicians continue to hype the so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which is wishful thinking and wishful thinking,” Lijan said. “Political manipulation is a blatant insult to the spirit of the Olympic Charter and an outright political provocation.”

The actions of the Biden administration appear to be a compromise to Republican calls against an outright boycott. Several GOP lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have warned Biden that boycotting American athletes will only hurt those. devote his life to sports.

They point to former President Jimmy Carter’s withdrawal from the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, which critics say did nothing to limit the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The Soviet Union remained in the country for nearly a decade after the 1980 match.

“All it did was punish a generation of athletes,” Cruz said. “We have young American men and women who have spent their lives rehearsing for this moment. I don’t want to punish those young athletes.”

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle still support US athletes to prevail in winter games.

“I really hope our young men and women that they go there and kick their ass, we need to win the Olympics,” the Texas Republican said.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the so-called diplomatic boycott is an effective coercive strategy. The United States will need the involvement of some democratic nations who would like to see China simulate its genocidal activities against the Uighurs and aggressive behavior against Taiwan.

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