On 2021.12.06 the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as human rights advocates, have called on the Biden administration to pressure Beijing over abuses against the Uyghur community (which has been declared a genocide), a crackdown on pro-democracy free speech protests in Hong Kong, China’s recent aggression toward Taiwan, pursuit of hypersonic weapons, and its secrecy surrounding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is looking to send a “clear message” that the human rights abuses in China mean there cannot be “business as usual.”
US athletes are free to participate in the games.
Last Update 2021.12.08 »
The following countries have announced they will not be sending diplomats or officials to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing »
- Australia (The Guardian / France 24 / RFI / Axios / BBC / Al Jazeera / Euractiv)
- Canada (CPAC Video)
- UK (The Guardian / DW)
- USA (DW / CNBC / USA Today / Asia Today / (NYTimes / Politico / NBC / Washington Post / Bloomberg / CNN)
New Zealand and other allies have indicated they will join the boycott in a coordinated effort. The above will be updated as this advances.