President Biden triggers diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Will Canada follow suit?

The United States of America will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, according to a Whitehouse press briefing on Dec. 6. Now, the pressure is on Canada to see how it will respond to its neighbour to the south’s decision. 

“The athletes on Team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home,” said Whitehouse press secretary Jen Psaki. “U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these Games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s (Peoples Republic of China) egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang. And we simply can’t do that.”

There has already be a suggestion that the Chinese foreign ministry will respond with what they’ve called firm countermeasures. 

Now, the pressure will be on countries such as Canada to join the boycott alongside its neighbour to the south. 

Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge was asked about the boycott yesterday, and according to the Toronto Star, said the “government is still discussing the matter with all of Canada’s “traditional” allies.”

The Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin on Feb. 4, and run until Feb. 20.


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