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US officials to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

December 06, 2021 09:09 IST
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IMAGE: US President Joe Biden said last month that he was considering such a diplomatic boycott to protest China's human rights record. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that US government officials will not attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, CNN reported on Sunday.

 

US President Joe Biden said last month that he was considering such a diplomatic boycott to protest China's human rights record, including what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims. The administration has been under pressure from activists and members of Congress to skip the games.

The White House declined to comment on CNN's report on Sunday. Four sources with knowledge of the administration's thinking previously told Reuters that there was a growing consensus within the White House to keep US officials away from the Beijing Olympics.

CNN said the US boycott would not prevent its athletes from competing in the Games, which will be held in February.

The State Department did not respond to questions about the report late Sunday.

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