The U.S. will officially boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki answered on the press briefing on Dec. 6 that “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 in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”
“We have a fundamental commitment to promoting human rights. And we feel strongly in our position, and we will continue to take actions to advance human rights in China and beyond.”
On the same day, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, released a statement to show her support for the Biden administration’s decision.
“There will be no official US diplomatic presence at the 2022 Winter Olympics. While we must support and celebrate our athletes, America—and the world—cannot give our official imprimatur to these games or proceed as if there is nothing wrong with holding the Olympics in a country perpetrating genocide and mass human rights violations. Allowing a country notorious for its appalling human rights record to host the Olympics makes a mockery of the Olympic Charter, which states that the Games should seek to foster “respect for universal and fundamental ethical principles.”
Pelosi then called on the international community to speak out and stand together against Beijing’s crackdown against human rights: “from its genocide against the Uighurs, to its long campaign of repression against the Tibetan people and to its assault on basic freedoms in Hong Kong and on the mainland.”
Pelosi said that it is important for America and other countries to come together and hold Beijing accountable for their actions in the region and around the world.
Besides Pelosi, U.S. Congress members from both parties also expressed support toward the Beijing Olympic boycott. After the U.S. boycott announcement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that people should stop calling for a Beijing Olympics boycott. It will greatly affect dialogue and cooperation between China and the U.S.