Why did America politically boycott the Olympics?

International Dec 18, 2021

In the recent formal announcement from the United States officials, Washington has categorically mentioned the diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Olympics 2022 in retort to China’s human rights credentials, especially the enduring Uighur exploitation.

For many, the so-called diplomatic boycott has been the self-administered political farce by the United States.

The Winter Olympic Games stands for a major international event worldwide which is held once every four years for sports played on snow and ice. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the foremost body, and the Olympic Charter defines its building and authority.

However, the condition of the Uighurs has been really the issue of concern. The Uyghurs are documented as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, and hence have been incarcerated in Xinjiang re-education camps since many times. The condition which violated the fundamentals of human rights. These incidents made the US delegates more prone to decide to boycott the Olympics.

Jen Psaki, the White House media secretary, stated “We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games”. This statement comes after the strings of mutual disagreements that happened during the three and a half hours of talks, which concluded nothing but just on a note of little more than pledges to maintain peace and promote cooperation. However, it’s been clearly observed that the synchronization of the pressure laid by the members of Congress and disagreements during the talks along with the ongoing crackdowns on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the world’s oldest democracy, was forced to make such a statement.

More recently, Beijing has also been criticized about the weeks-long vanishing of tennis star Peng Shuai, after publicly reproving a former senior official of sexual stabbing. To which, the Women’s Tennis Association immediately suspended the play-offs in China due to safety concerns.

Hence, this shows the overall credentials of Expansionist China in the domains of violations of human rights despite holding the permanent seat in the coveted United Nations Security Council, which aspires to worldwide peace and justification. The reaction to such sarcasm was obvious as well as inevitable.

The move, which was just a word away, was proactively carped by China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. According to a paraphrase of his remarks, he stated, “If the U.S. is firm on going down the wrong path, China will take necessary and stubborn backfires”.

Around the other corners of the world, Australia has also joined the USA in the same path, while the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, France with many other countries and international bodies like IOC etc. welcomed the decision.

However, the tables in Indian territory seem to be turned around as in the recent Russia-China-India (RIC) meet, the ministers of all three nations backed China to host the Beijing Olympics, reading a joint statement after the conclusion of the meet.

The thing however remains to be seen that, was the support from India a formality or just a rare shadow of harmony for China, time has some answers to tell.

This article has been written by Shrawan Deogirkar for The Paradigm

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