The United States announced that it is considering holding talks with its allies on the issue of boycotting the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, at a time of increasing pressure from human rights groups and politicians, according to AFP.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said that it is something we would like to discuss, of course, in response to a question to find out whether the United States is considering a joint boycott with its allies.
“We believe that a coordinated approach will not only be in our interest, but also in the interest of our partners and allies,” he added, without disclosing the administration’s position on this issue.
“As I said, we do not have an announcement to make on the subject of the Beijing Olympic Games, the year 2022 is still a long way off, but we will continue to consult closely with our allies and partners to define our common concerns and develop a common approach toward the Chinese Communist Party,” Price explained in a tweet.
Calls for a boycott Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022
Several activist groups, as well as Republican politicians, have recently intensified their calls for a US boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing, and are partly relying on several non-governmental organizations, accusing China of persecuting Uyghur Muslims, especially by placing them in camps where members of this group are exposed, according to survivors’ testimonies. , To various excesses.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has never ruled out the possibility of a boycott of the Olympics, but without declaring a firm position.
White House spokeswoman Jane Saki announced in February that the administration would hold consultations with the US Olympic Committee on this issue.
For its part, Beijing denounces the calls for a boycott and rejects all accusations that the Uyghurs were subjected to extermination, stressing that these camps are vocational training centers.
The United States boycotted the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 after the forces of the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, while the Soviet bloc responded four years later by boycotting the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.