Reports: United States considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool/File Photo

American politicians on both ends of the political spectrum have been calling for a boycott

According to official sources, the White House is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, reported CNN. It has been common practice for the White House to dispatch a delegation to attend opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. If the administration decides on a diplomatic boycott, President Biden is expected to approve a recommendation not to send any American officials to the ceremonies.

This matter was reportedly not raised in a recent virtual meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

For some time, US politicians on both sides have called for a boycott in some form,notably Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Republican representatives went even further this year, with Nikki Haley calling for a total boycott.

Major boycotts ocurred with a large number of nations withholding athletes in 1976,1980 and 1984.

Earlier, US State Secretary Blinken had stated that Washington and allies were in “active conversations” on how to approach the situation. More recently, the White House has not made official comments. “I don’t have anything to add on that subject,” CNN quoted deputy press secretary Andrew Bates as saying on Tuesday.


Edited by Arnav Chandrasekhar