White House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns

President Joe Biden was considering the move last month among mounting pressure from lawmakers.

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12/6/2021 9:32:00 PM

BREAKING: The US will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the White House says. While no US government officials will attend, US athletes will still be allowed to compete.

President Joe Biden was considering the move last month among mounting pressure from lawmakers.

Peng has since reappeared butquestions remainabout whether she is acting on her own free will.A diplomatic boycott is seen by some as the best way to hold China to account without punishing athletes who have been training for the games for years.In, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said that prohibiting American athletes from competing would be"unfair" and"counterproductive."

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"The right answer is an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics," he said.China on Monday warned that it would take “resolute countermeasures” to any boycott.“The Winter Olympics is not a stage for political show and political manipulation,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A boycott would be “a naked political provocation, and a serious offense to the 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

Teaganne FinnTeaganne Finn is a political reporter for NBC News.

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let them stay home and not have fun. all people go and enjoy yourself. like it's always meant to be. just use safety and caution. respect and common sense and sure it'll be great. I love the Olympics. it's a rare chance to get everyone together. other than online No one cares about this. Here’s a better idea, ban all Chinese imports from entering the US. That’ll get your point across

Such a tough move by Biden! That’s great, what’s going on with the Ghislaine Maxwell trial? Tonight on Fox: 'How the Biden Administration is disrespecting our Olympic Athletes!' I'm sure the Chinese are quaking in their tiny boots Now its Chinas move to escalate, and Ban all of the US from the Olympics outright...🤦🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

China wont allow our diplomats to come, but still want their slaves to entertain them. Doesn't make sense cause China still host, will still make money & dgaf about a diplomaticboycott China laughing in Amerikkka face knowing how can they talk about human rights, when they haven't done nothing right for humans in their own country!

How do they make sure that the Communist Chinese do not disappear one of our athletes for saying the wrong thing?🙄🙄😠😠😠 BoycottBeijing2022

White House announces US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in BeijingThe Biden administration will not send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday. BTW is this all a distraction from this? BoycottBeijingOlympics 👏👏

Empty gesture from an administration that is good at empty rhetoric n gestures. LOL Weak It makes the US a laughing stock around the world. The US has never looked so small as now. It’s the right thing to do. Disgusting hypocrisy I’m sure the Chinese really got the message now that a couple of government officials won’t show up

The IOC claimed “bringing sports to authoritarian regimes would improve democratic rights.” All its achieved has been to make IOC members more wealthy as they corruptly take money to help use the Olympics to whitewash despotic leaders human rights abuses. JustinTrudeau Toothless

U.S. diplomats will boycott Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abusesThe Olympics boycott is due to China's 'ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,' Jen Psaki said. Big savings for China Both USA & the West don’t want to know that in the last 5 years, there hasn’t been any terrorism in XinJiang region. USA & the West Human Rights? Hahaha 🤣

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China threatens US over diplomatic boycott to Beijing OlympicsChina threatens to take 'countermeasures' if US politicians continue calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics

US expected to announce diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in BeijingThe Biden administration has been under pressure from lawmakers to take a stand against China's human rights abuses. who care

U.S. Won’t Send Officials to Beijing Winter OlympicsAn announcement of the U.S. boycott is planned for this week, an administration official said. The decision drew immediate criticism from China. Yea, that’ll show ‘em 在什么人权环境下才会,儿不能伸父冤,民不能适国法?一个证据确凿的人命铁案冤案在官商勾结后长达一年半竟无一人理会,导致受害者家徒四壁,终日以泪洗面,而利益集团代言人还在堂而皇之的标榜人权优越性!要求中国政府彻查四川医疗及官场腐败,还中华民族基本人道公正!证据在本人推特 nathanking Get ready for the Beijing Splinter Olympics...

China accuses U.S. of 'grandstanding' with expected diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics'If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take firm countermeasures,' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.