U.S. contemplating becoming a member of boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

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Chinese citizens walk past a sign for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China.

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WASHINGTON – The State Department said Tuesday it was considering a joint boycott with allies of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“It [a joint boycott] We definitely want to discuss that, “state spokesman Ned Price told reporters when asked about the Biden government’s plans ahead of the international games.

“A coordinated approach will not only be in our interests but also in the interests of our allies and partners,” he added.

Price said the United States has not yet made a decision. The Olympic Games will take place from February 4th to 20th.

The potential diplomatic boycott of the Games comes from the fact that the Biden government is working to rally allies to push China back internationally.

Last month, the United States sanctioned two Chinese officials citing their role in serious human rights violations against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The sanctions imposed by the Biden government complement those taken today by the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Beijing previously denied US allegations that it committed genocide against the Uyghurs, a Muslim population native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington increased under the Trump administration, escalating a trade war and helping to ban Chinese tech companies from doing business in the United States.

Over the past four years, the Trump administration blamed China for a variety of abuses, including intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.

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