Biden administration considers ‘co-ordinated’ Beijing Olympics boycott

Washington: The Biden administration is considering a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in response to China’s “egregious” human rights violations, according to the US State Department.

Department spokesman Ned Price made clear that the US would expect to be joined by its allies if it were to boycott the games, which are scheduled to be held next February.

“It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” Price told reporters on Wednesday (AEDT) when asked about a possible boycott.
“A co-ordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners […] These discussions are underway.”

Price said the State Department was currently conducting a review of US participation in the games.

It is unclear what form a possible boycott of the games would take.

Price said China had committed “egregious” human rights violations in recent years, including the “genocide” of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province

The US has only previously boycotted one modern Olympics: the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow in response to the Soviet Union’s military involvement in Afghanistan.

The US Olympic Committee has made clear it does not support a full boycott of the Beijing games.

“While we would never want to minimise what is happening from a human rights perspective in China, we do not support an athlete boycott,” US Olympic Committee President Susanne Lyons said last month.

“We believe such boycotts have not been effective in the past, particularly in 1980.

“Those boycotts only hurt athletes who have trained their entire lives for this opportunity to represent their country.”

A coalition of 180 human rights groups also called for an athlete boycott of the games, a position backed by several high-profile members of the US Congress.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney has proposed allowing American athletes to participate in Beijing, while staging an “economic and diplomatic” boycott of the games.

“Considered it, decided not to.”

This human rights bs is completely manufactured. There is no Uighur genocide. It’s just not happening when you actually research it.

I have no clue why the US govt continually feels the need to manufacture completely fake narratives to drive foreign policy.

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Iraq WMDs.

But the OG is convinced Biden is a Chinese agent

Dumb. Just hurting the athletes. There are actual economic sanctions and other tangible things you can do.

I personally don’t give a fuck. China should be watched as a threat (what person wants to live in a world with China dominance over everyone) and kept in check but they can handle those internal affairs how they wish.

Just bullshit. Biden’s team are desperately trying to distract from their handling of the border. The MSM has had no choice, but to cover it.

He will never disrespect China.