[Epoch Times November 17, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting comprehensive report) There are only three months left before the Beijing Winter Olympics. People familiar with the matter said that the Biden administration plans to conduct a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
According to the “Washington Post” report (link), the boycott is only symbolic, which only means that President Biden and American diplomats will not travel to China during the competition, but the athletes will still fully participate in the competition.
According to sources, the purpose of this diplomatic boycott is to respond to the human rights violations committed by the Chinese authorities without affecting American athletes.
However, the news was only published in the editorial section, not the news section. The Epoch Times could not independently verify the news.
According to sources, although the government has not yet made a final technical decision, it has made formal recommendations to President Biden and is expected to approve it before the end of this month.
The source said that because the meeting has ended, the Biden administration has one less reason to postpone the announcement of a diplomatic boycott. The government informs allies of the decision, but will let them decide for themselves whether or not to follow the actions of the United States.
Michael Mazza, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington think tank, told China Post that the Biden administration tried to “ensure that the actions they took would not burden athletes. The Biden administration also wanted to Make sure that compared with allies and partners, their actions will not be too drastic.”
Republicans believe that the CCP should make a stronger voice. Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Smith are the highest-ranked Republicans in the United States Congress and Executive Committee on China (CECC). They wrote to the International Olympic Committee in October stating that the report pointed out that the CCP had committed genocide and should postpone the 2022 Beijing Olympics and ban China from participating.
In May of this year, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, also called for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics at a hearing in May. She said that heads of state who go to Beijing to participate in the Olympics will lose their moral authority.
She said: “If you are willing to pay tribute to the Chinese government when they commit genocide, what moral authority is there to talk about human rights anywhere in the world?”
Editor in charge: Ye Ziwei#