According to reports, accusing the Chinese government of “genocide,” Joe Biden’s White House is set to impose an empty “diplomatic” boycott of the Olympics in China by refusing to send an official delegation, but allowing the athletes to attend and the TV stations to air the games regardless.
White House insiders told the Washington Post that after being urged by human rights activists to boycott the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, the Biden administration is trying to take a middle road. Instead of fully boycotting the event hosted by a country the White House calls genocidal, Biden is just going to cancel any official delegations t allow the athletes to carry on.
As Josh Rogin wrote at the Post:
The Biden administration is trying to take a middle-of-the-road approach, said Michael Mazza, a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A diplomatic boycott, especially on a unilateral basis, is unlikely to improve Beijing’s behavior. For that reason, more steps should be taken to use the Olympics as an opportunity to pressure China on human rights, he said.
“They are trying to thread the needle,” said Mazza. “They are trying to make sure that with any actions they take, the burden doesn’t fall on athletes. The Biden administration also wants to make sure they are not too far out on a limb compared to allies and partners.”
During the virtual meeting Biden held with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the White House insisted that, “President Biden raised concerns about the [People’s Republic of China’s] practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as human rights more broadly.”
In March, Biden’s administration even reaffirmed the Trump administration’s determination that China has committed “genocide” against its Uyghur Muslim population and calling China’s forced labor camps a “crime against humanity.”
Democrat Party leader and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also called China “genocidal.”
In support of a mere “diplomatic boycott,” Pelosi said, “What moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any place in the world if you’re willing to pay your respects to the Chinese government as they commit genocide? So, honor your athletes at home. Let’s have a diplomatic boycott. … Silence on this issue is unacceptable. It enables China’s abuses.”
But simply neglecting to send representative to watch the games in China, yet otherwise fully endorsing the games “for the athletes,” is weak sauce for condemning “genocide.” Such a meaningless boycott will not likely affect China’s domestic polices one bit.
Indeed, China has been completely undeterred by massive criticism world-wide and continues to issue bald faced proclamations that charges of human rights abuses made against them are simply “lies.”
But a report published in March by the independent think tank Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy cites literally dozens of experts who agree that China is the worst human rights violator of the modern age.
“The Chinese Communist Party has for decades persecuted the Uyghur minority of Xinjiang, a Turkic, Muslim-majority group,” Breitbart’s Frances Martel reported at the time. “Persecution led the way to what multiple international observers, including the administrations of both Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, have labeled genocide under current dictator Xi Jinping. Xi’s regime has implemented a pervasive concentration camp system in Xinjiang, building at least 1,200 concentration camps in the region where as many as 3 million Uyghur people — and other minorities such as Kazakh and Kyrgyz people — have been forced to live.”
“The few survivors of the concentration camps who have chosen to speak out testify to being subject to brutal torture in the camps, including systematic rape, and communist indoctrination. Evidence indicates Beijing has also enslaved much of the Uyghur population and forced them to travel nationwide for arduous agricultural and industrial labor,” Martel added.
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