WASHINGTON: The White House mentioned Wednesday that it isn’t discussing a joint boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics with US allies over mass human rights violations and the clampdown in Hong Kong.
“We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” President Joe Biden‘s press secretary, Jen Psaki, mentioned.
Psaki mentioned that Washington was speaking with allies “to define our common concerns and establish a shared approach, but there’s no discussion underway of a change in our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics.”
China is going through international scrutiny over a variety of points, notably the mass internment and different repression of Uighur Muslims within the western area of Xinjiang, which the US has mentioned quantities to genocide.
It can also be beneath stress for its clampdown within the former British colony of Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price was requested if the United States would take into account a joint boycott with allies and mentioned it was “something that we certainly wish to discuss.”
But he later burdened that the United States doesn’t “have any announcement regarding the Beijing Olympics,” writing on Twitter that “we will continue to consult closely with allies and partners to define our common concerns and establish our shared approach.”
China, which has rejected criticism of its human rights file, on Wednesday hit again at options of a boycott, accusing the United States of “politicizing sports”.