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.
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.