U.S. Expected To Announce Diplomatic Boycott From 2022 Beijing Olympic Games

The Biden administration is expected to announce a U.S. diplomatic boycott from the 2022 Olympic Games in protest of China’s human rights abuses, CNN reported Sunday night.

A diplomatic boycott would mean no U.S. government officials would attend the Games, but U.S. Olympic athletes would still be allowed to compete.

A full boycott was not expected.

President Joe Biden said that he was considering the idea of a diplomatic boycott in November after both Republican and Democratic lawmakers advocated for one due to China’s human rights abuses.

China has recently been criticized for cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, its policies towards Tibet and Taiwan, and for detaining and abusing Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang—the latter of which has been classified by the State Department and some European countries as “genocide.”

In response to the news, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they would take countermeasures against the Biden administration if the diplomatic boycott were to go ahead.

“The U.S. should stop politicizing sports and hyping up the so-called ‘diplomatic boycott’ so as not to affect China-US dialogue and cooperation in important areas,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a news conference Monday.

“The Winter Olympics is not a stage for political show and political manipulation.”

The calls for a boycott from the Games have only escalated in recent weeks with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappearing from public view after making sexual assault accusations against a senior official in the Chinese Communist Party.

A diplomatic boycott is considered as the best way to for the U.S. to hold China accountable for its actions while not punishing the athletes.

The U.S. has not fully boycotted an Olympic Games since 1980.

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Deepblue
1 month ago

❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

NCAA>ISL
Reply to  Deepblue
1 month ago

I hope you’re not saying that the US is full of snowflakes for a diplomatic boycott. This was a bipartisan agreement for China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims, occupation of Tibet and Taiwan, and for attacking pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  NCAA>ISL
1 month ago

The right has gone so anti-mainstream media that they’re now pro communism

Virtus
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
1 month ago

I’m dying 💀

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  NCAA>ISL
1 month ago

Get your facts straight before commenting. It would make your statement more credible. China has never occupied Taiwan, but claims to unify (militarily if necessary) it if Taiwan declares independence.

tutterstutter
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 month ago

That’s not true. China occupied Taiwan on behalf of the Allied Forces for a few years after WW2.

At any rate, I think the OP was referencing the recent aggressions toward Taiwan which, given China’s other activities in the waters surrounding its own, is inevitably going to lead to an occupation, barring international intervention.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  tutterstutter
1 month ago

The current regimen in mainland, the people’s republic of China, never occupied Taiwan. PRC wasn’t in power until 1949. Republic of China took over Taiwan in 1945 from Japan when Japan surrendered at the end of WW2. ROC retreated to Taiwan when it lost the civil war in the mainland to the forces led by the chinese communist party, which established the PRC in 1949.

tutterstutter
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 month ago

Yeah but it’s pretty funny that you quibbled on his details and then got your details wrong, right?

You said, and I quote, “China.”

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  tutterstutter
1 month ago

We as americans officially recognize only one China, that is the PRC, but are obligated to defend Taiwan by law. So when I said “China” I meant “PRC”. I don’t care what you think “China” really was/is. In international competition, “China” = PRC, Taiwan = Chinese Taipei

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Deepblue
1 month ago

I didn’t know MAGA has gone full communist now

First, Russia and now China.

CasualSwimmer
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

Nah they’re more like pro authoritarian regime, with a pinch of Taliban-ish ideas

tutterstutter
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

None of them can eloquate why they think this diplomatic boycott is bad, except for “let’s go brandon.”

Still haven’t heard anybody explain to me why they think the US should send politicians to the Winter Olympics.

Rando Embiggen
1 month ago

This is a good start. Next, I’d like to see Lebron James step up to the podium on Christmas Day, and say Xi Jinping reminds him of Winnie the Pooh.

AFlyer
Reply to  Rando Embiggen
1 month ago

I don’t think he will do it. I would have respected him more if he did.

Cole
1 month ago

Good

Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Still don’t see the point of a diplomatic boycott as if we’re not still doing full economic business with them.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Symbolic gestures that won’t actually impact anything? Why I never.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Legit doesn’t make a difference. Don’t think china will give one f just because the big America won’t attend their games

Sam B
1 month ago

it’s OK, Hungary’s and Turkey’s dictators will send more overweight, alcoholic politicians to fill up the first class seats and hotel rooms

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
1 month ago

The Olympics are still not just about sports. The only reason that countries like China continue to bid on the games is to present a massive global marketing effort of their ‘national brand.’ That’s the only reason that most of the world spends on the Olympics. Anything that impacts that will be felt by China. We can debate over to what degree, but anybody who thinks the Olympics are just about the athletes are burying their heads in the sand.

For better or worse, there are TONS of other interests in the Olympic Games.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

There is no automatic right of American politicians to attend & asfIk no invitation has been extended.

So all hat no cattle .

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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