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The White House announces the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics

Specifically, US officials have expressed concerns about China’s recent aggression against Taiwan, its undemocratic crackdown in Hong Kong, its pursuit of hypersonic weapon technology, its secrecy surrounding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, its important claims. maritime issues in the South China Sea, his refusal to adopt more meaningful climate change reforms and his treatment of missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

When asked on Monday whether the United States had informed other nations of its intention to diplomatically boycott the games, Psaki replied: “We have informed them of our decision, and of course we will leave it to them to make their decisions. own decisions. “

Emphasizing more on why the administration chose to allow U.S. athletes to participate in the games, Psaki said U.S. officials did not believe “was the right measure to penalize athletes who trained, prepared for this moment, and we thought we could send a clear message by not sending an official delegation from the United States.

News of the diplomatic boycott follows a face-to-face video meeting last month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. While this three-and-a-half-hour virtual session did not produce any concrete results, it also did not evolve into the type of acrimony that punctuated previous US-China talks earlier in the year.

The first high-level engagement between U.S. and Chinese officials in Biden’s presidency – which took place in Alaska in March – ended bitterly, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken assessing that “there are a number of areas where we fundamentally disagree ”after a highly anticipated summit in Alaska. Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman received an equally cold reception when she met Chinese officials in Tianjin in July.

Claire Rafford contributed to this report.

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