The Chinese walk past the banner for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China.
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WASHINGTON – The United States and its allies are considering joint sanctions of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the State Department said on Tuesday.
“it [a joint boycott] It̵7;s something we definitely want to discuss, ”state spokeswoman Ned Price told reporters when asked about Biden’s management plans ahead of the international game.
“A coordinated approach will not only But only in our interests But also the interests of our partners and our partners, ”he added.
Price said the United States had yet to decide. But it is concerned about China’s serious human rights abuses. The Olympics are scheduled to take place between February 4 and February 20.
The potential diplomatic sanctions on the Olympics come as the Biden administration seeks to consolidate allies to drive an international push against China.
Last month, the United States sanctions two Chinese officials, citing their role in serious human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The sanctions by the Biden administration complement the actions of the European Union, UK and Canada.
Beijing has previously denied US accusations of genocide ethnic Uighurs, Muslim populations, in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The foreign ministry called the claim that “Malicious lies” designed to “Damaging China” and “Destroying China’s Development”
The sanctions come as a result of a contentious meeting between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and state adviser Wang Yi in Alaska.
Before Alaska talks, Blinken blamed the use of China’s widespread “coercion and aggression” on the international stage, and warned that the United States would push back if needed.
“China uses coercion and aggression to systematically erode autonomy in Hong Kong, undercut democracy in Taiwan, violate human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and claim maritime rights in the South China Sea that violate international law,” Blinken said in a press release. Japanese.
Biden, who spoke with China’s President Xi Jinping earlier in February, said his approach to China would be different from his predecessor in that he would work more closely with allies to push back against Beijing.
“We will face economic violations of China,” Biden said in a speech at the foreign ministry, describing Beijing as “a” threat to China’s economy. America’s “most serious rival”
“But we are ready to work with Beijing when it is in the interest of America to do so. We will compete from a strong position by building better homes and working with our allies and partners.”
Tensions between Beijing and Washington soared under the Trump administration, exacerbating the trade war and trying to ban Chinese tech companies from doing business in the United States.
Over the past four years, the Trump administration has blamed China for a lot of grief, including the theft of intellectual property, unfair trade practices and, more recently, the coronavirus outbreak.