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U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies

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By MATTHEW LEE

The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China’s human rights record.

Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is consulting with like-minded countries around the world to determine how to proceed. Price says the administration is discussing China strategy, including participation in the Olympics, with a number of partners and allies in order to present a united front.

“Part of our review of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world," he told reporters. "We have consistently said when it comes to our concerns with the government in Beijing, including Beijing’s egregious human rights violations, its conduct of genocide in the case of Xingjiang, that what the United States does is meaningful, what the United States does will have impact, but everything we do that brings along our allies and partners will have all the more influence with Beijing.”

Human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the Games, which are set to start in February 2022. They have urged a diplomatic or straight-up boycott of the event to call attention to alleged Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and residents of Hong Kong.

Price declined to say when a decision might be made, but noted there is still almost a year until the Games are set to begin.

“These Games remain some time away. I wouldn’t want to put a timeframe on it, but these discussions are underway,” he said. “It is something that we certainly wish to discuss and it is certainly something that we understand that a coordinated approach will be not only in our interest, but also in the interest of our allies and partners. So this is one of the issues that is on the agenda, both now and going forward."

The Beijing Winter Olympics open on Feb 4, 2022 and China has denied all charges of human rights abuses. It says "political motives” underlie the boycott effort.

Rights groups have met with the IOC and have been told the Olympic body must stay politically “neutral.” They have been told by the IOC that China has given “assurances” about human rights conditions.

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Excellent move by the US, taking the moral leadership, and more freedom-loving nations will hopefully follow suit. It is to be hoped Japan withdraws also.

Who wants to go to Beijing for a propoganda exercise, meanwhile up to 2 million innocent Muslims are languishing in concentration camps? Worst genocide since WW2.

Enough is enough. Boycott Beijing 2022, boycott Communist, genocidal China.

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Personally, I think these games should be boycotted by everyone. China is out of control. 

China's oppression will only get bolder and more severe, if they are left unchecked.

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I would fully support a boycott of the dictator games. Get as many allies on board as possible.

Beijing will go nuts, and that’s ok. They don’t get to free-ride on the world order while perpetuating one of the worst human rights abuses since the Holocaust. And they certainly don’t get the credibility that comes with hosting the games

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When they say genocide, do they mean killings? Serious question. I'm wondering if it's tens, hundreds, thousands, or millions.

A million muslims are detained in the camps to be slaughtered as we watch. Why aren't Islamic countries making their voices heard?

18 ( +18 / -0 )

The US should take a look at itself first...

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@Fighto!

Well written and I agree 100%!

"Excellent move by the US, taking the moral leadership, and more freedom-loving nations will hopefully follow suit. It is to be hoped Japan withdraws also.

Who wants to go to Beijing for a propoganda exercise, meanwhile up to 2 million innocent Muslims are languishing in concentration camps? Worst genocide since WW2. 

Enough is enough. Boycott Beijing 2022, boycott Communist, genocidal China.#

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Biden should crack down on the CCP for human rights abuse.

But he should also crack down on them for COVID. How he handles that will be more revealing into how tough he is willing to get with the corrupt CCP, who many in the U.S. believe have compromised many facets of U.S. education, business, and government.

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There are more reasons to boycott the Beijing Olympics. The global pandemic is a reminder of that.

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If announced before July, which they won’t , the Chinese will redraw from Tokyo as Japan will follow the USA in a boycottt. Actually i would expect this declaration might make China already decide to consider pulling out of Tokyo using the covid excuse of course. Japan would then pull out of Beijing in a knee jerk reaction , giving the USA the excuse they need, so called supporting an ally, and pull out of Beijing. As far as i am concerned Tokyo should be postponed to 2022 because of covid and the IOC , as its charter allows it to do, should redraw Beijings rights. However Chinese companies are among the top sponsors of the ioc and broadcasting right fees are at important levels.

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Moral leadership??? USA ???? Someone seriously wrote that .

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Canada is all for boycotting. Let's do it!

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Worst genocide since WW2.

Where do you get this stuff from?

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Good call.

I know our athletes have been training for such an event for a long time but I’d implore them to consider this too, in light of China’s behaviour to us the last 12 months as well as their actions in the region.

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Literally a million people in concentration camps should be a line in the sand.

It will wreck the Olympics and we'll have all kinds of tit-for-tat boycotts, but that's still better than ignoring concentration camps. We are not talking simple repression here.

My impression is that the Tibetan situation has not particularly changed since the Games were awarded, so I think its a bad look to start bringing it up now. I personally don't blame China for Covid either and don't see how piling on other issues would help the Uighur case. The Uighur camps were probably known about at high levels, but only came to light a few years ago. This makes a boycott based on the discovery justifiable.

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U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies

FANTASTIC news! Go for it!!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

2022 Winter Games should be just China vs North Korea.

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Rights groups have met with the IOC and have been told the Olympic body must stay politically “neutral.”

Didn’t know that genocide is just a political issue. Let’s have fun in Beijing and have a good laugh about all these “minor” political differences. They could also provide excursions to their concentration camps during Olympics, so that participants can learn more about Chinese culture.

They have been told by the IOC that China has given “assurances” about human rights conditions.

I guess the assurances were given in cash and other benefits.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Where do you get this stuff from?

To be fair that would be Mao's China, Stalin's Russia, and Pol Pot's Cambodia.

However, Xi's China is very bad.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

In the words of one sporting goods maker, just do it.

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A smart solution is to find and arrange an alternative venue for the 2022 Winter Games. Japan can be one of hopeful candidates as Nagano and Sapporo have hosted Olympics as well as other major international sport events. No big timetable for preparations is necessary.

That would avoid crushing the hope of many qualified athletes and other attendees under the boycott threat. The "Olympics economy" would also be kept intact and run as scheduled.

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Japan can be one of hopeful candidates as Nagano and Sapporo have hosted Olympics as well as other major international sport events. No big timetable for preparations is necessary.

LOL! Great idea, Japan simply cant get enough of this Olympics circus!

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Good.

A quick reminder though that the Olympics have taken place in Nazi Germany, the colonial and genocidal British and French empires and was scheduled to take place in imperial Japan. Ethics or humanity were never the point, even when there was less money involved. If it was otherwise, Beijing wouldn't have won the bid to begin with. And let's not forget what lengths the J government is going to hold this year's Olympics, literally at the expense of human lives.

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Remember the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Summer_Olympics_boycott

4 ( +4 / -0 )

"No China" - Its time to bad China from many things, not just global events but also products and services. Many of societies problems from pollution, human rights, geopolitical, minimum wage; can be solved if we would just move production back to home countries. We created the monster that we have to deal with now!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Boycott now, no point in waiting!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Better yet, cancel China, and hold the winter games in Japan too

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Oh god no. We don't want any more Olympics here thank you very much, sf2k!

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To be fair that would be Mao's China, Stalin's Russia, and Pol Pot's Cambodia.

> However, Xi's China is very bad.

Fair enough @joeblow.

I just can't stand his any excuse to condemn China, and inability to separate government from people

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In the words of Astro: Rutro Rorge.

Xi and Putin can ban together and call it the Genocide Games.

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Remember the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics?

Remember Los-Angeles Summer Olympics?

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I reckon Japan should hold a some sort of winter games in Nagano if they pull out. Invite all the countries that boycott the CCP event. The IOC should be disbanded for their poor post covid 19 management of 2020 Tokyo game. First they had no insurance policy covering the game incase of cancelation. Forcing Japan into a corner to continue to hold the games when conditions are very dangerous to their own population. If it was not for the games parts of Japan would be in lock down right now. But this can not be done while the games are only months away. The IOC is a polictical tool use be the CCP. The CCP event should be boycotted and the IOC disbanded.

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You can boycott competing and it makes little difference but boycott the buying of television rights and you send a message in the language both China and the olympic organization understands well.

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The Olympics tradition has been tarnished with politics and commercialism. Time to reflect, go back to basics and original intent.

Beijing will definitely resist and try to intimidate anyone who merely implies a boycott possibility. The vast majority of people including top athletes and business partners remain very reluctant over the boycott for fear of big opportunity costs. Things would move forward with global boycott campaigning only if alternative Games outside China is suggested or seriously planned.

If contingency relocation and preparation takes time, why not pushing back a schedule by about half year and consider a host venue somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere? A half-year delay also gives Beijing a probation for reform.

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noriahojanen I was thinking the same but no resorts in the south have the infrastructure. Like World standard ski Jump, toboggan run and skating rink stadiums and accommodation . But Japan Nagano Prefecture has. It all could be refresh and ready in 10 months.

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Practically every sport has a World Championship already. Is the Olympics needed or relevant any more. It seems to have evolved into nothing more than a money making venture , and corrupt as well.

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The question that needs to be asked is "Will China learn anything from a boycott, and will a boycott in any way alter its behaviour?". Probably about as much as Russia changed after the Winter Olympics in Sochi were boycotted... The CCP does not respond to Western political pressure, and Western economies and businesses are far too entwined with China's for them to withdraw in the short term. Unless the world, minus Russia, unites against China and Western companies move their operations into other parts of the world and contribute to economic development rather than more exploitation of human resources, China will remain ascendent. The CCP are determined to take over the world, the PLA is with them and China will destroy the environment of planet utterly as they exploit its resources for their own benefit. A boycott is no more productive than giving a bully a black eye.

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"...Nagano Prefecture has. It all could be refresh and ready in 10 months... 1998 just called, they want their Olympic graft back, and promise not to burn the accounts books this time...

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If the US boycotts, there goes the NBC broadcast money. That will hurt the IOC.

I feel for the athletes, especially those without professional careers in the sport. Think about the Biathlon competition. They get on the world stage every 4 yrs and that's about it. Can't remember the last time a national Biathlon competition was on TV.

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Can't remember the last time a national Biathlon competition was on TV.

Project Runway?

;)~

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Get off your high horses, people. If you have an iPhone, then you're part of the problem.

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We all use Chinese made products or materials daily.

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While I am in favor of standing up for human rights and democracy, I am against boycotting the Olympics. The purpose of the Olympics is to rise above politics and conflicts. They promote peace and cooperation, and should be encouraged.

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Nagano Prefecture has

The Spiral bobsleigh run in Iizuna is derelict. You can go in and walk up and down alongside it, and there are people there to do brush cutting, but the run itself is wrecked. It's a good place for urb-ex/haikyo style photos of rust and peeling paint.

The IOC is so corrupt that people should stop projecting a special meaning onto them that is not projected onto whatever World Championships individual sports may have. Without this magic fairy dust, the Olympics are nothing special. The mogul skier Aiko Uemura actually won the World Cup one year, which is a far greater achievement than an Olympic medal (gold included), something she never managed. The ski jumper Sara Takanashi won the World Cup four times and has more World Cup ski jump wins than anyone, but her best is an Olympic bronze.

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When the USA, decides to stop manufacturing & assembly of products in China and enacts a full-tilt economic boycott of China, then, sure, boycott the Olympics. Otherwise it is a meaningless and empty gesture. And, perhaps, the USA should close down Guantanamo, halt bombing other countries, such a Syria and withdraw from Afghanistan & Iraq, as a good faith gesture. Tesla, Apple and others should withdraw from doing business in and with China.

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Matters over money or Money over matters. Only time will tell which will decide this potential boycott

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OK, let me see if I have this right. In 1980, the US led a boycott of the Moscow Olympics in protest to Soviet troops in Afghanistan. And now the US is in Afghanistan doing exactly what the Soviets were trying to do.

Check.

Ok, the US led the growth of China by sending manufacturing there so they could make more money by firing US workers and closing factories so Americans could buy cheap plastic crap and clothes/shoes, and the company owners could become billionaires. And now the US wants to boycott for what reason again? Because China is forcing people to make cheap plastic crap and clothes that US companies want?

The world has gone mad.

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I suggest we tell the hypocrisy crippled American political psychopaths to go away and leave the Olympics alone. With COVID destroying the games for everyone this go round, and America destroying the games for everyone next time, why bother? The last thing we see from America, or expect to see, is sportsmanship, fair play. or the moral stature America so blithely claims for itself. All we see are our parasites jockeying for best position to enhance their markets or mitigate their commercial incompetence by damaging a competitor. They care not at all for 'people' but lie uniformly when accusing others of behaviors which are notoriously American and do not involve any form of altruism or respect. We must ignore these idiots and do everything we can to bring Humanity closer at every opportunity. That is not in the best interests of our parasites who so easily and with hostility divide the less capacious from the more to their advantage (see: trump).

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I suggest we tell the hypocrisy crippled American political psychopaths to go away and leave the Olympics alone.

The Olympics itself is filled with hypocrisy crippled political psychopaths, so they're even

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Fighto!Apr. 7 06:58 am JST

Excellent move by the US, taking the moral leadership, and more freedom-loving nations will hopefully follow suit. It is to be hoped Japan withdraws also.

Who wants to go to Beijing for a propoganda exercise, meanwhile up to 2 million innocent Muslims are languishing in concentration camps? Worst genocide since WW2.

Enough is enough. Boycott Beijing 2022, boycott Communist, genocidal China.

Any genocide is horrendous. I don't think two million Muslims were killed. There have been worse genocides since WW2. Look up the ethnic Germans known as Donauschwabens who were killed after WW2 by Tito in Yugoslavia and in nearby countries. They were Germans who had nothing to do with Hitler. If they weren't killed outright and their land and homes taken away, then they were shipped to labor camps in Russia where they died of disease and starvation. There were many genocides after WW2 and again, genocides are horrendous.

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