November 30, 2021

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U.S. Considers Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed on November 18 that the U.S. is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which means that U.S. officials would not attend the opening in February. It would not affect athletes competing in the games.
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The boycott is meant to express the White House’s concern about China’s human rights abuses.

On the Thursday regular briefing, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki spoke about what this move means after Biden’s conversion with President Xi, saying Biden and Xi didn’t talk about this issue during the phone call. The Biden administration sees the relationship with China as competition but not conflict.

Yet, the U.S. does have concerns. ‘There are areas that we do have concerns: human rights abuses. You’ve seen not just in words we’ve used, but certainly in actions we’ve taken at the G7,’ said Psaki.

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