Saturday, December 4, 2021

Biden: US cannot send top dignitaries to Beijing Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States is weighing a diplomatic boycott Due to China’s human rights abuses, next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move that would keep American dignitaries away from the Games, but not athletes.

Speaking to reporters while hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, Biden supports the boycott, saying The Olympics in February are “something we’re looking at.”

The US and other countries traditionally send high-level delegations to each Olympics. First lady Jill Biden led the US contingent at this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff led a delegation to the Paralympic Games.

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International support groups and some members of Congress have called for a symbolic US boycott of the Games in Beijing over its treatment of Chinese Uighurs. and its action on independence in Hong Kong, American athletes’ participation will remain unaffected by the boycott.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there is no deadline for the president to make a decision on whether to go through a possible boycott.

The White House has said the Olympics did not take place on Monday after Biden met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping virtually.

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