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Biden letting US play Olympics ‘doesn’t go far enough’

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) criticized the Biden administration’s “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying it “does not go far enough” to hold China to account.

Ryan said in a declaration Monday:

China has been a bad actor and everyone knows it – to continue to stand in the way of the WHO [World Health Organization] investigates the origins of COVID-19 to perpetrate genocide and commit massive human rights violations. I’m glad to see the Biden administration take action to hold China to account, but this diplomatic boycott does not go far enough. China has demonstrated time and time again that it does not deserve the honor associated with hosting the Olympics and that the Games should be hosted elsewhere.

The White House on Monday announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the upcoming Winter Olympics, citing continued human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party. As part of this “boycott,” the United States will not send US government officials to the Beijing event. However, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed that American athletes will still be competing in upcoming games.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Biden’s “boycott” was “sheer demagoguery” because American diplomats had never been invited to the games. Zhao said:

American politicians continue to tout a “diplomatic boycott” without even being invited to the Games. This wishful thinking and pure demagoguery are aimed at political manipulation. It is a serious parody of the spirit of the Olympic Charter, a blatant political provocation and a serious affront to the 1.4 billion Chinese.

Ryan, who is running for the US Senate in 2022, called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August to prevent China from completely hosting the Winter Olympics. He said, “China’s refusal to work with the World Health Organization to understand the origin of this virus is irresponsible and unacceptable. In addition to its long-standing persecution and human rights violations against the Uyghur ethnic minority – itself enough to justify moving the 2022 Winter Games – China’s refusal to cooperate on the origins of the COVID virus is yet another example of China thumbing its nose at the international community. “


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