U.S. diplomats will boycott Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses

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  • The US announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move that had drawn bipartisan support from critics of China’s human rights record.
  • American athletes will still participate in the Games.
  • But President Joe Biden’s administration will not send any official representation to Beijing given China’s “ongoing genocide in Xinjiang and crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

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The US on Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move that drew bipartisan support from critics of China’s human rights record.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, while US athletes will still participate, President Joe Biden’s administration is considering China’s “ongoing genocide in Xinjiang and crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses” for the Games. Will not send any official representation.

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Disclosure: CNBC parent NBCUniversal is the owner of NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics is the US broadcast rights holder for all Summer and Winter Games until 2032.

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