tirsdag 7. desember 2021

Joe Biden's Olympics Boycott Ties China in Knots

China warned the United States on Tuesday it would "pay a price" for its decision to boycott Beijing 2022 at a diplomatic level due to ongoing human rights violations in the country. The Joe Biden administration's decision—first reported in November by Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin and backed up this week by CNN's Kaitlan Collins—was confirmed by White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday.

"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."