The Chinese regime publicly warned on Tuesday, Nov. 6, that the United States will have to “pay a price,” after President Joe Biden announced his intention to carry out a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games. Biden took into account the absence of guarantees of respect for human rights under the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Finally, after receiving strong pressure from human rights organizations, celebrities and politicians committed to the fight against the oppression of religious minorities and political opponents in China, the Biden administration announced this week that it will carry out the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.
“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 Monday.
Although the Biden administration attributed the boycott primarily to the crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang province and “other human rights abuses,” the strained relationship between the two nations and the recent case of tennis player Peng Shuai appear to have ultimately prompted the decision.
The CCP’s continuous war threats against Taiwan, the destruction of the minimal democracy that Hong Kong had, the recent intelligence reports that assure that Beijing has supersonic missiles that place it on a par with the U.S. in a military capacity are undoubtedly other elements that have further weakened the relationship between both nations.
Following the White House announcement, the Chinese regime quickly reacted and warned Biden that “China will take firm countermeasures” if the U.S. goes ahead with the plan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian scoffed at the announced move, publicly stating that U.S. officials were never invited to the Games anyway.
Criticism of the Chinese Communist regime by U.S. officials has been longstanding, mainly from Republicans and conservatives.
Although Biden’s diplomatic boycott could be considered somewhat tepid given the seriousness of the CCP’s abuses, it promises to impact the CCP’s image powerfully. It is yet another opportunity for the CCP’s aberrations to be exposed in the world’s mainstream media.
Other politicians, such as Republican Senator Ted Cruz, have for several weeks been insisting on the importance of announcing a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
“At the Beijing Winter Olympics, we must: 1. Have the courage to denounce the murder, genocide, torture, lies and complicity in COVID-19 by the Chinese Communist government. 2. Kick their communist asses and win!” reads a tweet posted by Cruz on Nov. 21.
Beijing has mounted a harsh response to all U.S. criticism, denouncing it as interference in its internal affairs and banning visas for U.S. politicians it considers anti-China.