“We are consulting very intensively with our allies and partners to discuss our common concerns, and ideally for a common approach, you will learn more about this in the coming weeks,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during a hearing before a parliamentary committee in Washington. Biden has been talking about this for several months now.
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 been calling for 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 at the time.
Later, lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill aimed at punishing companies that agree to sponsor the Beijing Olympics.
The two 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.”