It’s official: The White House announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that the boycott was the result of human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang.
The diplomatic boycott means the US will not send any official representatives or diplomats to China to watch the Winter Games, but it still allows US athletes to compete.
“We have our full support for the Team USA athletes,” Psaki said. We will be 100% behind them as we will cheer them from home.”
Sending government officials to the Olympics is generally the norm for the United States. former President George W. Bush competed at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. which were also held in Beijing, for example, and first lady jill biden Participated in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics last summer.
Ahead of the White House announcement on Monday, China said a US diplomatic boycott would be “outright political provocation”, and threatened to take “strong retaliatory measures” if the US boycotted the Beijing Games diplomatically.