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White House announces US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Dec 6, 2021, 11:48 AM
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on October 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki announced that President Biden will hold separate meetings with moderate and progressive House members as part of negotiations for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Originally Published: 06 DEC 21 13:28 ET
Updated: 06 DEC 21 13:37 ET

    (CNN) — The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.

Psaki said the administration was sending a “clear message” that the human rights abuses in China mean there cannot be “business as usual.”

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” Psaki said in the press briefing Monday.

Psaki added that Team USA has the administration’s “full support” but that the administration would not be “contributing to the fanfare of the game.”

“US diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” Psaki said.

Psaki said that the diplomatic boycott of the games does not mean “that is the end of the concerns we will raise about human rights abuses.”

Asked whether the US is trying to get other allies to join the US in the diplomatic boycott, Psaki said the White House has informed its allies of the US decision and “obviously we will leave it to them to make their own decisions.”

Psaki also said the White House did not feel it was the “right step” or fair, to penalize US athletes by holding an entire US boycott of the Olympics.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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