U.S. Senate pledges diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics


U.S. lawmakers have pledged a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics as part of a wide-ranging China-focused bill passed by the Senate this week.

U.S. lawmakers have pledged a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics as part of a wide-ranging China-focused bill passed by the Senate this week.

“It shall be the policy of the United States,” the section opens, “to implement a diplomatic boycott of the [2022] Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games … and to call for an end to the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing human rights abuses, including the Uyghur genocide.”

In practice, the bill forbids Secretary of State Antony Blinken from using “federal funds to support or facilitate the attendance of … any employee of the United States government” at the Games – though it also includes the caveat that Blinken may waive the pledge “in a circumstance in which the Secretary determines a waiver is the national interest.”

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