U.S. diplomats will boycott Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses

A Chinese flag flutters near the Olympic rings on the Olympic Tower in Beijing, China November 11, 2021.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins | Reuters

The U.S. on Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move that had garnered bipartisan support from critics of China’s human rights record.

While U.S. athletes will still participate, President Joe Biden’s administration will not send any official representation to the games, given China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

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