On Monday, Biden’s Democrat White House confirmed that the United States would still partake in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics despite the fact that the Chinese Communist Party is still pursuing an ongoing genocide against Uyghur Muslims in the country.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement during a press briefing that America will continue to send athletes to participate in the games.
Psaki said that the administration does not wish to waste the “training… blood, sweat, and tears” of athletes that have been preparing for the games, and said that the White House will be “cheering them from home.”
In a lame effort at wrist-slapping the Chinese government, the Biden administration has implemented a “diplomatic boycott,” whereby Biden administration officials and representatives will not be attending the games. Since diplomats are hardly the centerpiece of the Games, the move doesn’t meaningfully impact the Olympics.
Despite the obviously weak move, Psaki claimed that the White house feels it’s sending “a clear message” about China’s new “business as usual.”
The move is doubly pointless since China has not invited any Biden officials to the game publicly. The Chinese government run newspaper, Global Times, has repeatedly mocked Biden’s “diplomatic boycott” as pointless since the American diplomats were never invited to begin with.
The Chinese paper described the White House’s move as “self-deception,” pointing out that Olympic rules dictate that politicians must first be invited by their own countries’ committees.
On Monday, Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, reiterated the fact that Biden and his officials are not invited to begin with, and so they cannot reject the invitation. Zhao criticized the Biden administration for its “pure grandstanding… political manipulation… blatant political provocation and… serious affront to 1.4 billion Chinese people.”
Zhao also threatened that unspecified “measures” would be laid against the U.S. if Biden actually pushes forward with his “boycott” propaganda.
Psaki failed to articulate how uninvited diplomats might boycott an event by not attending. She did, however, claim that the move is a “clear enough” message regarding the country’s human rights abuses that still permitting U.S. athletes to compete is acceptable.
Author: Arlene Graham