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White House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The White House announced on Monday that the United States will conduct a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics and Beijing Paralympics, given [People’s Republic of China’s] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights violations, ”White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a press briefing.

A diplomatic boycott means that athletes are allowed to compete, but US government officials will not be present during the games.

Psaki said that the US athletes have “full support” from the White House, but that the country “will not be fanning the games.” The US does not want to do “business as usual in the face of flagrant human rights violations and atrocities by the PRC in Xinjiang,” Psaki said.

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During a meeting with Peter Alexander on NBC last month, Biden said the diplomatic boycott of the February event was “we are considering.”

The last full boycott of the US Olympics came in 1980, when the US and other countries refused to participate in the Summer Games in Moscow in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

During the September call, Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed “areas where our interests coincide and areas where our interests, values ​​and perspectives diverge,” according to a White House press statement.

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