According to the White House, the United States will conduct a formal boycott of the next Winter Olympics in Beijing to condemn Chinese human rights violations, a step that China has promised will be met by “strong countermeasures.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki stated that U.S. sportsmen will participate and “have our full support,” but we will not be contributing to the games’ fanfare.”
“In the face of the PRC’s appalling human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang, U.S. diplomatic or government representation would approach these sports as business as usual,” Psaki told journalists during Monday’s session.
”Trying to promote human rights is a key commitment for us.” And we are adamant about our viewpoint, and we will continue to take steps to promote human rights in China and everywhere else,” Psaki continued.
Biden made the statement as he sets to host the White House Summit for Democracy, a global assembly of leaders and civil society specialists from over 100 nations scheduled for Thursday and Friday. According to the administration, Biden plans to use the summit “to declare both collective and individual goals, reforms, and actions to safeguard democracy and human rights at home and abroad.”
A diplomatic boycott, according to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is “an essential measure to signal our steadfast commitment to human rights in the face of the Chinese government’s appalling abuses.”
According to human rights organizations and lawmakers in the United States, A boycott is a vital move. They use China’s terrible human rights record as a reason, claiming that the games are being used to cover up the country’s mistreatment of civil rights advocates, political opponents, and ethnic minorities.
In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said the decision to keep dignitaries out of the game was a “political choice for each government” that it “completely respects.”