The United States may consider boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics with its allies

The United States will discuss the joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China with allies and partners, State Department spokesman Ned Price said. During a press conference on Tuesday.

Important reason: A boycott of the U.S. and its allies’ Olympics could help convince international law agencies to begin an investigation related to genocide allegations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, human rights lawyer Jawida Siachi To tell Bethany Allen of Axios-Ebrahimian.

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environment: This is the boycott of the first US Olympics since Moscow in 1980, as the Biden administration is trying to hold Beijing responsible for a large-scale campaign against ethnic minorities in the Far West region of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

What they are saying: “”[A joint boycott] “A coordinated approach will not only benefit us, but our allies and partners,” Price said.

  • “So this is one of the issues on the agenda both now and in the future, and if we announce anything, we will definitely do it.”

Late TuesdayA senior State Department official told Axios: “Our position at the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We are not discussing or discussing joint boycotts with our allies or partners.”

  • “As the ministry said, we regularly discuss common concerns about China with our allies and partners, recognizing that a shared approach will always benefit us,” the authorities said. Added.

Line spacing: Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Beijing last month that the United States is willing to “push back.”

  • “China uses coercion and aggression to systematically erode Hong Kong’s autonomy, undermine Taiwan’s democracy, abuse Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Tibet’s human rights, and violate international law in the South China Sea. Insists. “

Big picture: United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada All sanctions announced In March, against Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims.

What’s next: Watch if Beijing is trying to put pressure on US companies and Olympic sponsors.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional comments from a Department of State spokesperson, removing references to the International Criminal Court.

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