U.S. to potentially boycott 2022 Beijing Olympics with allies

by Jenny Mount · Apr 7th, 2021 11:08 am

Last Updated Apr 8th, 2021 at 2:04 am

State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced that the U.S. would discuss a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China in an effort to persuade international legal institutions to open an investigation into allegations of genocide in Xinjiang.

The U.S., U.K., European Union, and Canada all announced sanctions against Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims.

"[A joint boycott] is something that we certainly wish to discuss," said Price. "A coordinated approach will be not only in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners."

However, a senior State Department official tried to clear up any miscommunication said that the department's position "has not changed."

"We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners. The State Department Spokesperson did not say we had, contrary to some reporting," the official said. "As the Department said, we regularly discuss common concerns vis-à-vis the PRC with our allies and partners. We will continue to do so, cognizant that a shared approach will always be in our interest."


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