Biden administration assesses how to approach Beijing Winter Olympics
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Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have called for such a diplomatic boycott to protest human rights violations in China.
Some Republicans have gone further, insisting that no American athlete attends either.
The White House refused on Tuesday to say whether a boycott was planned for the next games.
“I have nothing to add on this matter. But I can tell you that it was not part of the conversation (of Biden and Xi),” Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told reporters aboard Air. Force One.
Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States and its allies were in “active conversation” about how to approach the upcoming Winter Olympics in China.
Blinken, appearing virtually at the New York Times DealBook Summit, was asked if he thought American athletes should participate since he has said in the past that China was involved in genocide, given its policy towards Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
“We are talking with, allies, partners, countries around the world about how they are looking at the games, how they are looking at participating,” said Blinken. “It’s an active conversation. We’re coming in, we’re getting into the games, but let me leave it there for today.”
The games are scheduled to start on February 4 in Beijing and last until February 20. When asked what the deadline was for the United States and other countries to make a decision, Blinken dodged.
“Well, let’s see,” he said. “The games come, when, in February, at the beginning of the year, so before.”
Nicole Gaouette contributed to this report.
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