White House Confirms Biden Admin Not Discussing Boycott of Beijing Olympics


The White House on Wednesday reiterated that the Biden administration is not discussing a joint boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, noting that the United States is still planning to attend the event.

The confirmation comes after the State Department initially said yesterday that it was discussing with allies whether or not to consider a potential joint boycott, before the department later backtracked on this.

The Biden administration continued with the finding by the Trump administration that China was committing genocide with its repression of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. During the daily briefing, a reporter asked press secretary Jen Psaki why this finding has not warranted a response or action from the United States, and also enquired what the country might need to see from China before it fully participates in the Olympics.

“Just to be very clear and reiterate—our position has not changed in our planned participation,” Psaki responded.

“However we are working as we would be on any issue in coordination with our partners and allies about a range of concerns we have with China’s behavior and their actions,” she added.

“Including the genocide of Uighur Muslims in China, including actions China has taken as it relates to economic and security steps. And so that is something we would do in partnership and coordination with our partners in the region.”

Psaki then stated: “Just like any relationship, there are areas where we feel we can work together, areas where we have great concerns—we voice those—we don’t hold back on those as the presiden... (Read more)

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