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The United States is considering joining other countries in boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, as relayed by CNBC, citing the horrific human rights abuses taking place in China.
“It [a joint boycott] is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” State spokesman Ned Price told reporters when asked about the Biden administration’s plans ahead of the international games. “A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners.”
The 2020 Winter Olympics are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. Price indicated no firm decision has been made, but sentiments of an allied boycott appear to be growing.
“Last month, the United States sanctioned two Chinese officials, citing their roles in serious human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang,” CNBC reported. “The sanctions by the Biden administration complement actions also taken today by the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.
“Beijing has previously rejected U.S. charges that it has committed genocide against the Uyghurs, a Muslim population indigenous to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. The foreign ministry called such claims ‘malicious lies’ designed to ‘smear China’ and ‘frustrate China’s development.'”
The 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled for July and are a full go for the U.S. and other competing nations.