US to weigh boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics with allies: State Dept.

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US to weigh boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics with allies: State Dept.

The US will discuss with its allies whether to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics together over China’s human-rights violations, th

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The US will discuss with its allies whether to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics together over China’s human-rights violations, the State Department said Tuesday.

State spokesman Ned Price was asked how the Biden administration was weighing whether to bow out of the winter games, which are set to take place Feb. 4 to Feb. 20.

“Part of our review of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” Price told reporters at a daily briefing.

A joint boycott “is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” Price added. “A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners.”

Price said the discussions were “underway,” but that he didn’t want to put a timeframe on when a final decision will be made, as the Olympics are still a year away.

People look at sculptures of mascots for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games 'Bing Dwen Dwen' and Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games 'Shuey Rhon Rhon' on May 27, 2020 in Beijing, China.
People look at sculptures of mascots for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games ‘Bing Dwen Dwen’ and Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’ on May 27, 2020 in Beijing, China.
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Activists have been calling on governments to sit out the games over China’s human-rights abuses against Uighurs, Tibetans and other minorities.

Republican lawmakers in the US have also joined the chorus for the games to be moved or for President Biden to instate a boycott.

A Chinese national flag flutters next to an Olympic flag at the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in Beijing, China on March 30, 2021.
A Chinese national flag flutters next to an Olympic flag at the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in Beijing, China on March 30, 2021.
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It would be the first time the US has spurned the games since the Carter administration boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month that there was no current plan to bar American athletes from participating.

Workers at the construction site of the National Ski Jumping Centre for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on July 30, 2020.
Workers at the construction site of the National Ski Jumping Centre for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on July 30, 2020.
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Asked about the issue again at a briefing on Friday, Psaki said “the US Olympic Committee would play a big role” in the administration’s ultimate decision.

The USOPC has previously said it opposes boycotts “because they have been shown to negatively impact athletes while not effectively addressing global issues.”

“We believe the more effective course of action is for the governments of the world and China to engage directly on human rights and political issues.”

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on Sept. 4, 2018.
Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on Sept. 4, 2018.
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