State Department considering joint boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

A US Olympic Committee spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We’re talking about 2022 and we’re still in April 2021 so those games are still some time away,” Price said. “I wouldn’t want to set a timeframe, but these discussions are ongoing.”

In a tweet after the briefingPrice said the State Department had received no announcement regarding the Olympics but would “continue to work closely with allies and partners to define our common concerns and define our common approach to the PRC”.

The Beijing Winter Games begin on February 4th next year.

Hawkish Republicans last month urged the Biden government to punish the Chinese government for its human rights abuses, but even within the GOP there was disagreement about how far to push the Olympics. Some have called for a boycott, while others have suggested moving the Games to a different host country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Said President Joe Biden should move the 2022 Olympics to the United States. Scott, who has been campaigning for a possible move since 2019, said it was hypocritical for Biden to support last week’s efforts to reschedule Major League Baseball’s all-star game because of the newly passed Georgia electoral law, but not To take a stand Olympia.

“Now is the time for President Biden to lead America and the world and make it clear that the United States will never tolerate the oppression and genocide in communist China,” said Scott.

Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.

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