U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic representation or officials to the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, the White House announced Monday.

White House press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that sending representatives would treat these games “as business as usual” in light of China’s “egregious rights abuses, atrocities and atrocities committed in Xinjiang. The U.S. simply cannot do this. The U.S. will continue to compete in these games.

” Team USA’s athletes have our support. We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home,” Psaki said at the White House press briefing Monday.

” As President Xi has said, Americans are genetically wired to stand up for human rights,” Psaki stated. We have a strong commitment to human rights and will keep taking actions to promote human rights in China. “

It was expected that the U.S. would announce a boycott of diplomatic relations. China’s foreign minister has accused the U.S. of grandstanding about its refusal to send U.S. representatives to Beijing.

A virtual summit was held last month between Mr. Biden (the United States) and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which the White House called “respectful.” At the time, Mr. Biden expressed America’s concerns about China’s practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as human rights more generally. The White House made the announcement and Capitol Hill approved it.

“This diplomatic boycott sends a strong message to China’s Communist Party about the United States’ inexorable aggression in the global arena and disturbing human rights abuses. It also shows that America will not ignore the CCP’s growing threats to Taiwan and the destruction and escalating threat to Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms. The announcement of a diplomatic boycott comes at the same time that President Biden hosts a White House Summit for Democracy. This virtual meeting of leaders from around the world and experts who share common goals for democracy and peace is taking place.

The Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 4, 2022 to February 20, 2022.

This is a developing story.

Kathryn Watson


Kathryn Watson, a journalist covering politics for CBS News Digital, is based in Washington, D.C .

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