The United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, to which Beijing responded with disappointment.
This was reported by the BBC.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, this is an “ideological prejudice.” Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the American delegation would not attend the Games due to the human rights situation in China.
“Given the PRC's genocide in Xinjiang and other human rights violations, the administration Biden will not send a diplomatic or official delegation to the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, ”said Psaki.
According to China, Washington’s methods are“ a political farce directed against itself. ”
“The US wants to politicize sports, create discord and provoke confrontation. The success of the Games does not depend on the presence of government officials from a handful of countries, ”said a spokesman for the Chinese mission to the UN.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington called the boycott“ a serious distortion of the spirit of the Olympic Charter. ”