Report: Biden to Let U.S. Play in China's Genocide Olympics
According to a report in the Washington Post, Joe Biden’s White House is set to impose an empty “diplomatic” boycott of the Olympics in China by refusing to send an official delegation.
However, he will still allow U.S. athletes to compete and allow American media networks to air the games regardless.
White House insiders told the Washington Post that after being urged by human rights activists to boycott the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, the Biden administration is trying to take a middle road. Instead of fully boycotting the event hosted by a country the White House calls genocidal, Biden is just going to cancel any official delegations and allow the athletes to carry on.
As Josh Rogin wrote at the Post:
The Biden administration is trying to take a middle-of-the-road approach, said Michael Mazza, a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A diplomatic boycott, especially on a unilateral basis, is unlikely to improve Beijing’s behavior. For that reason, more steps should be taken to use the Olympics as an opportunity to pressure China on human rights, he said.
‘They are trying to thread the needle,’ said Mazza. ‘They are trying to make sure that with any actions they take, the burden doesn’t fall on athletes. The Biden administration also wants to make sure they are not too far out on a limb compared to allies and partners.’
During the virtual meeting Biden held with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the White House insisted that “President Biden raised concerns about the [People’s Republic of China’s] practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as human rights more broadly.”