As of: December 6, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
The US government is serious: there will be no diplomatic representatives from Washington at the Winter Olympics next February. American athletes are not affected by neglect.
The United States has announced a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Olympics in China. White House spokeswoman Jen Zhaki said in Washington that President Joe Biden’s administration would not send diplomatic or official representatives to Beijing for the Winter Games. This is the background to the ongoing “genocide” and other human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
Zackie said the U.S. government encourages American athletes from home. When asked why the U.S. government has shunned sports altogether, Zackie said he does not want to punish athletes who are seriously trained for sports. The government hopes the move will send a “clear message.” Psaki stressed that the US government had informed the international partners of this decision and left it to them to make their own decisions.
China threatens counter-measures
The Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in China from February 4 to 20, 2022. The dictatorial state has been accused of human rights abuses by many, especially against minorities such as Muslim Uyghurs. Human rights groups cite Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong autonomous regions as examples of Chinese retaliation. Again and again, there are strong calls for boycott of winter games. There is great political tension between the United States and China due to the human rights situation, but also due to various controversial issues.
China threatened the United States with “strong countermeasures” if the United States implemented the boycott. “If the United States deliberately insists on sticking to its course, China will take decisive action,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
Britain is also considering a political boycott
The United States is not the only country considering setting a precedent at the diplomatic level: according to the Times, the British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been consulting on the need for an ambassador to China since the end of November. Sent to games – but no British ministers. The call for a boycott is backed by Foreign Minister Liz Druz. According to the report, five Conservative politicians have written to Johnson to exclude any of Great Britain’s diplomatic representation at the Winter Games.
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