US sanctions Beijing Winter Olympics Protesting China’s human rights violations
Date 07 Dec 2021 time 11:35
The United States has announced sanctions for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in response to Chinese authorities’ human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Bloomberg reports that White House spokesman Jane Saki has confirmed that the US government will implement diplomatic sanctions. By not sending representatives to participate in the “Beijing 2022” Winter Olympics to be held in February. Up to now, in response to the issue of human rights violations by the Chinese authorities Amid the relationship between the two countries once again shaken.
“The US government will not send diplomatic representatives to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics because of the genocide. and the policy of crimes against humanity by the Chinese authorities. Both in Xinjiang and other human rights violations,” a government spokesman said.
But for athletes will still be able to participate in the competition as usual. But the United States will not send government officials to attend both the opening and closing ceremonies.
The announcement came just weeks after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a virtual meeting together. It was the first meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office.
At the meeting, Biden raised concerns about human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. and there were discussions on many issues. but did not mention the Winter Olympics in any way. Despite previous reports that China would also invite the United States to the event.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in April. that China is ready to retaliate if the US boycotts the Olympics
There is also New Zealand, which said in October. that they will not send diplomatic representatives to attend the event as well It cited a number of factors, mainly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. But the New Zealand government has repeatedly raised concerns about human rights issues in China.
Australia and Britain said diplomatic boycotts against the Olympics were pending.
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