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Why Joe Biden decided to boycott China’s Winter Olympics

The White House announced Monday that no Biden Administration officials will attend China’s Winter Olympics in February, in a rebuke to Beijing for China’s use of forced labor. and concentration camps to persecute an ethnic Muslim minority in Xinjiang province, western China.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday: “Official or diplomatic missions of the United States will treat these games as normal business in the face of these actions. serious human rights violations and atrocities committed by the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang. “We simply can’t do it.”

The diplomatic boycott is an escalation following President Joe Biden’s criticism of China’s treatment of its Uyghur nationals in a pattern of abuse that some American Holocaust Memorial Museum November The report said it could lead to genocide.

The Biden boycott only applies to US government officials and will not affect US athletes who plan to compete in the games.

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President Biden virtually met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 15. The two did not discuss the Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to begin on February 4, Psaki said, but Biden did. raised “concerns” about China’s actions in Xinjiang, according to the official White House description of the meeting.

Since the meeting, the Chinese government has been harshly criticized for its treatment of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, a three-time Olympic winner who has disappeared from public view. after accusing a former senior Chinese leader of sexual assault.

https://time.com/6126011/joe-biden-beijing-olympics-diplomatic-boycott/ Why Joe Biden decided to boycott China’s Winter Olympics

Aila Slisco

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