White House confirms US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: The government of President Joe Biden will not send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in protest against China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the House’s press secretary announced Monday. Blanca, Jen Psaki.
US diplomatic ‘Boycott’ of Beijing Olympics 2022
Psaki said the administration was sending a “clear message” that human rights abuses in China mean it cannot “do business as usual.”
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games given the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity of the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang,” Psaki said at the press conference this Monday.
Psaki added that the US team has the “full support” of the administration but that the administration would not “contribute to the fanfare of the game.”
“The diplomatic or official representation of the United States would treat these games as if they were business as usual in the face of the egregious human rights abuses and atrocities of the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang, and we simply cannot do that,” Psaki said.
Psaki said the diplomatic boycott of the games does not mean “that it is the end of the concerns we will raise about human rights abuses.”
When asked if the US is trying to get other allies to join the US in the diplomatic boycott, Psaki said the White House had informed its allies of the US decision and “obviously we will let them make their own decisions. “