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Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics
2021-12-07

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The Biden administration will not send an official U.S. delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, starting a "diplomatic boycott" aimed at criticizing China over what the United States said is the Asian country's human-rights abuses, USA Today reported.

The decision represents a major snub and comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The United States traditionally sends high-profile dignitaries, often led by the sitting vice president or the first lady, to attend Olympic events. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden led the U.S. delegation to the most recent Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki cited China's "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human-rights abuses" as primary reasons for the move. She said the administration did not want to prevent athletes from competing but still wanted to signal its disapproval of China's actions.


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