Chinese citizens walk past a poster for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China.
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WASHINGTON – The United States and its allies are considering a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the State Department said Tuesday.
“That [a joint boycott] it’s something we certainly want to discuss, “state spokesman Ned Price told reporters when asked about the Biden administration’s plans ahead of international games.
“A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest, but also our allies and partners,” he added.
Price said the United States has yet to make a decision. The Olympic Games will take place between February 4 and 20.
The potential diplomatic boycott of the games comes as the Biden administration works to rally allies to mount an international rejection of China.
Last month, the United States sanctioned two Chinese officials, citing their role in serious human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The Biden administration sanctions complement actions also taken by the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Beijing has previously rejected US allegations of having committed genocide against the Uyghurs, a Muslim population indigenous to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. The Foreign Ministry called such claims “malicious lies” designed to “smear China” and “thwart China’s development.”
The sanctions came after a controversial meeting between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi in Alaska.
Before the Alaska talks, Blinken criticized China’s widespread use of “coercion and aggression” on the international stage and warned that the United States will back down if necessary.
“China uses coercion and aggression to systematically erode autonomy in Hong Kong, undermine democracy in Taiwan, abuse human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and assert maritime claims in the South China Sea that violate international law,” Blinken said at a press conference in Japan. .
Biden, who spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping in February, has previously said that his approach to China would be different from his predecessor in that he would work more closely with allies to mount a pushback against Beijing.
“We will confront the economic abuses of China,” Biden said in a speech at the State Department, describing Beijing as the “most serious competitor” of the United States.
“But we are also ready to work with Beijing when it is in America’s interest. We will compete from a position of strength by building better at home and working with our allies and partners.
Tensions between Beijing and Washington soared under the Trump administration, which escalated a trade war and worked to ban Chinese tech companies from doing business in the United States.
Over the past four years, the Trump administration has blamed China for a wide range of complaints, including theft of intellectual property, unfair business practices and, recently, the coronavirus pandemic.