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Washington: The United States announced Monday that it is seeking a “common approach” with its allies to a possible boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move demanded by a growing number of lawmakers alike, Republicans and Democrats.
“We are consulting very intensively with our allies and partners to discuss our common concerns, ideally for a common approach,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during a hearing before a parliamentary committee in Washington.
“You’ll learn more about this in the coming weeks,” he added, at a time when the Biden administration has been stalling for months on the subject.
Blinken stressed that a “common approach would be more effective” than a unilateral US position.
Calls for a diplomatic boycott
For months, a growing number of prominent Republican politicians have been calling for the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden to boycott the Beijing Olympics in protest of the human rights violations accused by the Chinese authorities, especially against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, and Blinken himself has even accused Beijing of committing a “genocide” against these people. The Muslim minority, which was strongly rejected by the Chinese authorities. Recently, prominent figures in the Democratic camp began calling for the Biden administration to boycott the Olympics.
In May, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a “diplomatic boycott” of the Olympics.
“Let’s do a diplomatic boycott if the Olympics are held,” she said at the time. “Let’s deprive the Chinese government of the honor of receiving heads of state.”
Later, lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill aimed at penalizing companies that agree to sponsor the Beijing Olympics.
On Monday, other lawmakers introduced a draft resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Games to another country “unless the Chinese government ends its crimes against the Uyghur people.”