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Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing: USA wants to talk to allies about boycott

The US is considering a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (February 4-20). As a spokesman for the US State Department announced on Tuesday, talks with allies about a possible boycott of the Games in China are desired. "This is something that we want to discuss for sure," said spokesman Ned Price when asked. The main reason for the considerations are human rights violations on Chinese soil.

China reacted indignantly on Wednesday. "Regarding the idea of ​​a so-called joint boycott of the Olympics in Beijing, I would like to emphasize that it is against the Olympic Charter to politicize the sport," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian Country as well as the Olympic cause worldwide. "

In America, there were calls for a boycott from politics, and in February 180 human rights organizations called on governments around the world to stay away. US President Joe Biden has so far basically left the door open. President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had a boycott in the ARDTagged March Daily Topics as "Wrong Answer to Such Questions".

The persecution of the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority, in the Xinjiang region in particular has repeatedly prompted calls for boycotts. Price spoke of "genocide" in the Xinjiang case. But he also emphasized that joint action with allies would have "more influence on Beijing". Lijian called the genocide allegation "the lie of the century - from cover to cover".

A decision on a boycott is not yet in sight. The Games are still "far away, but we will continue to consult with allies and partners to define our common concerns and to find a collaborative approach," said Price.

The USA had led a boycott at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. Numerous Eastern Bloc countries returned the favor four years later at the Los Angeles Games.