US plans to diplomatically boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON – The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest human rights abuses in China, the White House confirmed on Monday, a move China promised to accept with “strong countermeasures.”

The White House press secretary, Jen psaki, says American athletes will continue to compete and “have our full support,” but added that “we will not contribute to the fanfare of the games.”

“We simply cannot tolerate egregious human rights abuses by the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang,” Psaki told reporters during Monday’s briefing.

“We have a fundamental commitment to the promotion of human rights. And we feel strongly in our position and we will continue to take action to promote human rights in China and beyond.”

President Joe Biden will host a White House Democracy Summit this week, a virtual gathering of civil society leaders and experts from more than 100 countries that will take place on Thursday and Friday. The administration has said that Biden intends to use the call “to announce commitments, reforms and both individual and collective initiatives to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad.”

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, called this diplomatic boycott “a necessary step to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to human rights in the face of unbridled abuses by the Chinese government.”