The boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (February 4-22) is still an issue in US government circles. Earlier in the week, Foreign Minister Anthony Blingen confirmed international talks on a parliamentary inquiry into the Olympics to coordinate coordinated protests against China’s policy of cracking down on Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups and other human rights abuses.
“We are engaged in a very serious consultation with our partners and associates to explore our common concerns and to reach a collective approach,” Blingen said in Washington. Compared to going to the US alone, the US Ambassador stressed that “a collective approach would be more effective” as discussed earlier.
Based on the results of the negotiations over the summer, Blinken: “We’ll find out more in the coming weeks.”
His statements contradict the White House statement in early April. “We will not discuss any boycott with allies and allies,” said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for U.S. President and Plinkon boss Joe Biden. At the same time, the American Olympic Committee spoke out against the boycott of competitions in the Middle Kingdom by American activists for lack of talent.
The neglect issue has been smoking continuously for the past few weeks. In mid-May, Blinken’s ministry launched a new initiative with notes on China’s efforts to cover up human rights abuses and the US setback at the political and communications level.
After that, House President Nancy Pelosi suggested the games at least for diplomatic boycott: “Chinese leaders should not respect the Chinese government by going to China. When heads of state go to China in the face of the ongoing genocide, the real question is: what moral authority do they have to talk about human rights anywhere in the world?”
Beijing responded with outrage and counter-accusations to the lies of American politicians. China’s rulers also forbade interference in internal affairs.