The White House has denied claims that it was considering a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It was rumoured that the state department was planning a joint boycott of the Olympics alongside its allies as the event was being held in Beijing. During a press briefing on Tuesday morning, the spokesperson for the government had said that a boycott of the Olympic Games was among the possibilities for addressing China’s human rights abuses. However, the officials decided to go back on these words by Tuesday evening.
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The Olympic Games are set to start on February 4 and end by the 20th of the month. The Biden administration is currently looking at a diplomatic approach to the situation. Although the administration has voiced their concern over the Chinese government, they don’t seem interested in convincing their allies to set up an international pushback on China. While there is talks of suggesting a tougher policy stance against China, there has been no unanimous agreement yet.
The issue took the spotlight last month as the United States sanctioned two Chinese officials citing their roles in the human rights abuses case. The event shed light on the serious claims of human rights abuse happening against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The actions taken by the Biden administration were approved in unison by the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
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Meanwhile, Beijing rejected all U.S. charges and stated that the claims of they committed genocide against the Uyghurs, a Muslim population indigenous to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, was “malicious lies.” The Chinese government came out against the claims and termed these as an attack to demean the country and its system.
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Earlier, the two countries had entered a trade war due to such tensions between Beijing and Washington under the Trump administration. During its tenure, the Trump administration had blamed China for intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices and even causing the COVID-19 pandemic.
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