January 22, 2022

Biden expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

The Biden administration will reportedly announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics this week.

The diplomatic boycott would mean no U.S. government officials would attend the 2022 Winter Olympics Games.

President Joe Biden has reportedly been considering a diplomatic boycott for several weeks as lawmakers from both parties have pushed for the move in response to reports of China’s human rights violations.

A full boycott is not expected. The U.S. has not boycotted the Olympics since 1980, when the Summer Games were held in Moscow.

“The U.S. 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,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a news conference Monday, according to CNN.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said it was “unacceptable for China to have the honor of hosting the Olympics while the Chinese Communist Party commits genocide against the Uyghur people,” according to Huffington Post.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also stated in the report that the U.S. could not “proceed as if nothing is wrong about the Olympics going to China.”

The controversial decision will unlikely change matters with China. However, the news will draw attention to China’s human rights issue in a new way that may impact future relations.

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