The U.S. Will Boycott the Beijing Olympics By Not Sending Any Government Officials

On Monday, The U.S. government officially announced its diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The boycott comes as a response to the human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party. Press Secretary Jen Psaki told the media:

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity. The athletes on Team USA have our full support, we’ll be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games.”

Both the CCP and state-run media organizations accused Biden of politicizing the games. China already threatened the U.S with a “robust Chinese response” and has prepared countermeasures if the U.S boycotted the games. In reference to the countermeasures, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian vowed:

“Without being invited, American politicians keep hyping the so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic, which is purely wishful thinking and grandstanding. If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take firm countermeasures.” 

It is a tradition that high-ranking government officials visit the host country during the Olympics. In 2008, President George W. Bush attended the Beijing summer Olympics opening. The Associated Press reported, “First lady Jill Biden led the American contingent to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff led a delegation to the Paralympic Games.”

The decision to diplomatically boycott the games has brought some Republicans and Democrats together. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes the U.S. should boycott but supports U.S. athletes competing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also praised Biden’s decision, praising him for his “strong leadership.” Pelosi agrees there should be a diplomatic boycott, but American athletes should still participate. 

Several countries have not yet decided whether or not they will send government representatives. New Zealand already declined to send delegates but cited Covid as the reason. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, “The country would make its own decision from the perspective of national interests, taking into consideration the significance of the Olympic Games and the significance of Japan’s diplomacy.” A decision will be made “at an appropriate time.”

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  1. I think none of them want to go because they’re afraid of something happening not because they are boycotting anything

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