US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

A woman takes photos of a figure skating sculpture erected for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, at the Shougang Industrial Park. The US says it will not be sending any diplomats for the games in protest of China’s human rights record. – EPA pic, December 7, 2021.

THE United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics yesterday, a calibrated rebuke of China’s human rights record that stops short of preventing US athletes from competing.

The decision comes after Washington spent months wrangling with what position to take on the Games, hosted in February next year by a country it accuses of perpetrating “genocide” against Uyghur Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

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