WASHINGTON — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over concerns about China's record on human rights, the White House said Monday. "The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympic games given the PRC’s [People's Republic of China] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing. A diplomatic boycott means that no U.S. government officials will attend the games but that U.S. athletes will still be allowed to compete. China has come under fire for cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, for its policies toward Tibet and Taiwan, and for detaining and abusing Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Some Republican lawmakers, who have grown increasingly hawkish toward China, have been pressuring the administration to boycott the 2022 Games or push for China's host status to be revoked and for the Games to be moved. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., urged the administration last month to boycott the Games, including keeping athletes from competing. Calls for either a diplomatic or full boycott of the games have grown since the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view for three weeks after making sexual assault allegations against a form . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: beijing, house, rights, winter, athletes, chinas, olympics, political, administration, concerns, games, diplomatic, boycott, white, human
DATE: 2022, March, years, Monday, last month, three weeks
NORP: Muslim, Chinese, American, Republican
EVENT: Olympics, the Beijing Olympics, Beijing Winter Olympics
CARDINAL: 1.4 billion
WORK_OF_ART: The Winter Olympics