The Biden administration announced today they will carry out a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022. Although it only implies that no U.S. official will go to the event, the gesture of the American government will have a profound impact on the image of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic games given [China’s] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday, according to The Hill.
Since last month, President Biden said he was considering it; the move has been on the table.
“The athletes on team USA have our full support, we will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fan fare of the games. U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang and we simply can’t do that,” Psaki added.
While the Biden administration attributed the boycott to the crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang province and “other human rights abuses,” the tense relationship between the two nations and the recent case of tennis player Peng Shuai may have added fuel to the fire.
The CCP’s bellicose attitude against Taiwan, the destruction of the minimal democracy Hong Kong had, the recent intelligence reports assuring that Beijing has supersonic missiles that place it on a par with the U.S. in a military capacity, the joint military maneuvers with Russia—the Democrats’ eternal enemy, and the advance of the CCP in South America, Africa, and the Middle West with its Belt and Road initiative, are some of the thorns that most annoy the Americans, who used to dominate in these fields.
However, Republicans say why conduct a diplomatic boycott if it is better to do a complete boycott, to expose all the evils that the CCP commits against its people for the whole world to see without fear of consequences.
Nevertheless, Biden’s diplomatic boycott, although it could be considered somewhat tepid given the severity of the CCP’s abuses, is not a bad thing, and it will strongly impact the CCP’s image, but why?
One of the CCP’s most potent tools is deception and lies: as long as their actions remain buried, and people don’t know about it, they can continue to persecute people in China and outside China.
Therefore, the diplomatic boycott can make the CCP’s persecution of hundreds of thousands of people imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for believing in God exposed on the world stage, be headlined in the media, and the world becomes aware of the perversity of the CCP. Who would want to go to celebrate a sporting event knowing that the authorities of that country are torturing innocent people behind the scenes?
It is entirely different from the struggle for global domination, the conflicts Beijing has with the United States over Taiwan, its sovereignty claims over the South China Sea, etc. In those scenarios, nations could face each other militarily and, beyond the undesirability of war, the one with the best army and weaponry wins. No one can argue that this is how the world works.
But when it comes to innocent people like the Uighurs, the Falun Dafa practitioners, the Tibetans, the house Christians who are subjected to the will of a vast state apparatus, forced to renounce their faith, thrown out of their jobs, humiliated, tortured, women raped and murdered with no recourse to any form of defense, it is a joint test for all of humanity. Biden’s diplomatic boycott may indeed trigger the support of other governments and initiate a chain of actions to expose the perverse nature of the CCP.