Washington consults with allies over possible boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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Washington consults with allies over possible boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics


Tuesday – 27 Shawwal 1442 AH – 08 June 2021 AD


Beachers participate in a demonstration against the 2022 Olympics in China in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, at the end of last May (AFP)

Washington: Asharq Al-Awsat Online.

The United States said on Monday it was seeking a “common approach” with its allies on 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 to arrive at 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.
For months, an increasing number of prominent Republican politicians have called on the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden to boycott the Beijing Olympics in protest of the human rights violations allegedly committed by the Chinese authorities, especially against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, and Blinken himself has even accused Beijing of committing a “genocide” against these 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, let’s deprive the Chinese government of the honor of receiving heads of state,” she said.
Later, lawmakers from both parties proposed a bill aimed at punishing 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.”


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