"U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these Games as business as usual in the face of the PRC's egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang. And we simply can't do that," Psaki said, referencing the nation's official title, the People's Republic of China.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a regular press conference that China was "strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposes" the boycott, and would take "resolute countermeasures." Asked to elaborate, Zhao added: "The U.S. will pay a price for its wrongdoing. Wait and see."