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The US is ‘considering’ diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics, says, President Joe Biden

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Some US politicians have called for a diplomatic boycott of China in response to the country’s recent economic and military activities, as well as human rights violations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

President Joe Biden said he’s considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which would mean the US would not send a delegation. It’s “something we’re thinking about,” Biden said in response to a question from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a meeting on Thursday. Some US politicians have called for a diplomatic boycott of China in response to the country’s recent economic and military activities, as well as human rights violations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

After Biden’s remark, White House Press Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not address the Olympics during their 3.5-hour virtual session on Monday. In answer to an inquiry, Psaki stated that she did not have any new information on the US presence. “We are deeply concerned about the human rights violations we have witnessed in Xinjiang,” she stated. “And there are obviously a variety of issues to consider as we consider what our presence would be.”

The Beijing Olympics begin on February 4th. The organizers’ coronavirus-control efforts, which include mandatory immunization for athletes and official delegations, are being scrutinized. Virus outbreaks have been reported in over two dozen provinces across the country. Activists and members of Congress from both parties have urged the Biden administration to boycott the event diplomatically because the US accuses China of committing genocide against Muslim ethnic communities in its western Xinjiang province, which Beijing denies.

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas stated on Thursday that a diplomatic boycott of the “genocide Olympics” would be “too little, too late,” adding that no American athletes, authorities, or corporate sponsors should participate. Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, a Republican, had also called for a complete boycott, saying that going would send the message that America was willing to ignore the atrocity.

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