August 15, 2022

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Beijing Olympics threaten US “diplomatic boycott”

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According to the Washington Post, the White House is expected to announce soon that no US officials will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. This “diplomatic boycott” should, in particular, make it possible to protest against the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

This is an increasingly possible hypothesis. By a “diplomatic boycott” United States From The Winter Olympics are planned in Beijing In February, the protest was reported Human rights violations in China, Seems to be taking shape, expressing positive reactions from some US elected officials.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday (November 16) that the White House is expected to announce soon, citing sources familiar with the matter. President Joe Biden, Or any other US government official will not attend the Beijing Games.

This “diplomatic boycott” should, instead of total boycott, make it possible to protest Persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, Described as “genocide” by Washington in China, When allowing American athletes to compete.

The daily states that Joe Biden must “approve” this option, which was duly recommended to him by his advisers.

When asked Tuesday about possible boycotts, a White House spokesman said during their virtual summit on Monday that US President and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had not raised the issue, without talking about the merits of the decision.

“Good choice”

Without waiting for official confirmation, many elected officials welcomed this possible choice.

“I have long pleaded for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games, and I hope the government sends a strong message to the Communist Party of China without punishing American athletes,” Republican Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted. Post the article.

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Jim Rich, the Republican leader in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement saying such a decision would be the “right choice.”

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat leader of the US House of Representatives, called for a “diplomatic boycott” of the Olympics in China in May, sparking a backlash from Chinese officials.

But many Republican hawks are urging Joe Biden to go further, and officials and American athletes have boycotted the game altogether.

With AFP