Several sources say the Biden administration will implement a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics this week.
In this way, the US could send a message to China on the world stage without preventing US athletes from competing. Members of the National Security Council declined to comment on the boycott, discussed in private.
As Democrats and Republicans alike, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, promoted diplomatic boycotts in protest of China’s human rights abuses last month, President Biden told reporters he was considering one.
There is unlikely to be an outright boycott, so US athletes will still be able to compete. During the presidency of Jimmy Carter in 1980, the US boycotted the Olympics entirely.
China has warned it will take “resolute countermeasures” against the Biden administration if the diplomatic boycott proceeds.
In a news conference on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that the US should stop politicizing sports and hype up the so-called ‘diplomatic boycott,’ so as not to impede China-US dialogue and cooperation.
Zhao criticized the potential boycott as a “stain on the Olympic charter” and politicians’ “sensationalist and politically manipulative” move.
Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s virtual summit last month was considered as one of the most important diplomatic meetings of Biden’s presidency, but there were no significant breakthroughs.
As a result, relations were able to resume after steep deterioration during the last year of the Trump administration. They continued hostility during the Biden administration, including when US and Chinese diplomats traded barbs during a March summit in Alaska.
According to a senior Biden administration official at the November summit. Biden and Xi engaged in a “healthy debate” throughout the event. Concerns raised by Biden included human rights, Chinese aggression toward Taiwan, and trade issues.
Biden is focusing on a wide range of issues related to China. They include supply chain issues, climate change, North Korea, and Iran. Two of the world’s largest economies remain at odds over trade, military aggression, global infrastructure, public health, and human rights.
Democracies can perform better than autocracies like China. And for this Biden has used the bipartisan infrastructure bill to show how parties in democracies can collaborate.
Meanwhile, Xi cemented his power after the Chinese Communist Party adopted a resolution elevating him to the status of his two most powerful predecessors — Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Next year, at the 20th Party Congress, he will seek an unprecedented third term in power.