It’s official: The White House has announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The boycott is the result of “atrocities and serious human rights violations in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
The diplomatic boycott means the US won’t send any official representatives or diplomats to China to watch the Winter Olympics, but it still allows American athletes to compete.
“The athletes on Team America have our full support,” added Psaki. We will support them 100% when we support them at home. “
Sending government officials to the Olympics is often the norm for the United States. Former President George W. Bush Attends 2008 Olympic Summer Games such as also held in Beijing, and First Lady Jill Biden attended the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer.
Ahead of Monday’s White House announcement, China said that a US diplomatic boycott would be “outright political provocation,” and threatened to take “certain countermeasures” if the United States organized a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-beijing-olympics-over-chinas-egregious-human-rights-abuses-11638817319?rss=1&siteid=rss US will not send diplomats to Olympics because of ‘serious human rights violations’ in China