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US News biden "plans" a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics of Beijing

00:26  19 november  2021
00:26  19 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L E President of the United States Joe Biden said Thursday "Consider" a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Winter Games planned in February in Beijing, to protest Against human rights violations in China.

"It's something we're considering," he said to journalists about this option that would not to send government officials to represent Washington during competitions, while leaving American athletes to participate .

This track should arouse China's IRE, which has strongly reacted in the past to the evocation of any form of boycott.

It could therefore lead to a new access of diplomatic tensions between the two superpowers, only a few days after the virtual summit between President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping supposed to establish "safeguards" to prevent their many disputes from degenerating in conflict.

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For months, the US government has been looking for the best way to position itself with respect to this popular and planetary event organized by a country that it accuses to perpetrate a "genocide" against Muslims Ouighs of Xinjiang, in the North. West of China.

Several human rights organizations accuse Beijing from interneed to Xinjiang at least one million Muslims in "rehabilitation camps".

The Chinese authorities systematically denounce "interference" from Westerners who condemn this situation, ensuring that it is "vocational training centers" to support employment and combat religious extremism.

"Total boycott"

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so far, interviewed about its decision, the Biden administration Knowed in touch, claiming that she wanted to coordinate with the US allies for a "common approach".

But the expiry date: winter sports have an appointment from 4 to 20 February in the Chinese capital.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Democratic President should "approve" by the end of November the option of the diplomatic boycott which was formally recommended by his advisers.

The article of the US daily aroused positive reactions of the many elected officials of all banks that pleaded for such a solution, but also the protests of those who would like to go further.

In recent months, the resolutions and proposals have multiplied at the United States Congress, some aimed at punishing societies that agree to sponsor the Beijing Olympics, others calling the International Olympic Committee to move the competition into a competition. other country.

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The diplomatic boycott had been proposed in May by the Chairman of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Several elected officials had supported it, some, like the Republican Senator Mitt Romney, having even introduced legislative amendments to impose.

"I hope to see the government send a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party without punishing American athletes," said the latter on Tuesday.

Some senators said in recent days that the White House will decide in this direction before the Congress has to legislate.

However, several republican hawks urge Joe Biden to announce a pure and simple boycott of sports competition by those responsible but also athletes.

"The United States needs to introduce a total and global boycott of Beijing Winter Games. The threat to our athletes and crimes against humanity committed by China do not leave us any other choice," has Still hammered Thursday Senator Tom Cotton at a press conference on this subject.

The US Olympic Committee opposes its side to such a radical solution, explaining that games are important after pandemic months. He ruled that the boycott of the Moscow Games in 1980, by the United States and about 60 countries, and those of Los Angeles in 1984, by the Soviet Union and its allies, had shown that using these Events as a "political tool" was an "error".

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