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US hints at possible diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Games

U.S.A.US hints at possible diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022...

File photo of US President Joe Biden at a press conference at the White House. September 24, 2021. Reuters / Evelyn Hawkstein /

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said the United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a virtual three-and-a-half-hour meeting on Monday, and while rumors swirled that Xi would use the meeting as an opportunity to invite Biden to Beijing for the Games, the topic of the Olympics was never raised.

A diplomatic boycott meant that the US would not send an official government delegation to the Games, but American athletes would be allowed to compete.

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese flag flies near the Olympic Ring at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, China November 11, 2021.  Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rollins/File photo
FILE PHOTO: A Chinese flag flies near the Olympic Ring at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, China November 11, 2021. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rollins/File photo

China has warned of a “strong Chinese response” to any possible boycott.

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Human rights groups and some US lawmakers have urged the US and other countries to boycott the Beijing Games, although Biden dismissed the move as unfair to athletes.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said last month that policing the human rights records of host countries is beyond the IOC’s purview and that the Olympics should be “respected as a politically neutral ground”.

Foreign spectators are not allowed at the Beijing Games due to pandemic restrictions.

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Biden and Xi Jinping hold virtual summit but Beijing Olympics were not discussed

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