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the United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the competition

For months, the American government had been looking for the best way to position itself with regard to the Winter Olympics (OG) which will take place in Beijing in 2022. It finally chose a diplomatic boycott: the United States will not send no diplomatic representatives at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games due to the « Genocide and crimes against humanity in progress in Xinjiang », announced the White House Monday, December 6.

By being present, “The American diplomatic representation would treat these Games as if nothing had happened, despite the gross human rights violations and China’s atrocities in Xinjiang. And we just can’t do that ”, argued White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Several human rights organizations accuse Beijing of interning at least one million Muslims in Xinjiang in « Re-education camps ».

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American athletes will participate well in the competitions. “The athletes of Team USA have our full support. We will be 100% behind them while we cheer them on from here ”, said Jen Psaki.

« China will take firm countermeasures »

Shortly before the official announcement, China warned that it would react if the United States called for a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics. Such a boycott would only be « Swagger »Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday. « If the US is determined to do things its own way, China will take strong countermeasures, he added. I insist on the fact that the Winter Olympics are not a stage for taking political postures and manipulating. « 

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The US Olympic Committee had opposed a total boycott, emphasizing the importance of the Games after months of a pandemic. He has ruled in the past that the boycott of the Moscow Games in 1980 by the United States and some 60 other countries, and of those of Los Angeles in 1984 by the Soviet Union and its allies, had shown that using these events as a « Political tool » was a  » fault « .

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