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The U.S. has expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics

U.S. expected to announce diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Key Takeaway:

  • The Biden government is expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
  • A diplomatic boycott will mean that no U.S. government officials would attend the games but that U.S. athletes would still compete.

The Biden government is expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing this week, a senior government official stated on Sunday.

The U.S. has expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics. Image: Reuters

A diplomatic boycott will mean that no U.S. government officials would attend the games but that U.S. athletes would still compete.

A total boycott wasn’t expected.

CNN first reported the news of the announcement.

The Biden administration has been under tremendous pressure from lawyers to introduce the diplomatic boycott. They wanted to take a stand against China’s human abuses.

President Biden said last month that the administration was considering the move.

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China has been criticized for cracking on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, its policies toward Tibet and Taiwan, and detaining and abusing Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

Along with some European countries, the State Department has classified China’s actions against Uyghurs as “genocide.”

“We have concerns about the human rights abuses that we have seen,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month.

The Chinese government has alerted a “robust Chinese response” should the U.S. or other countries launch boycotts.

Source-CTV News

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