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US’ Decision To Boycott Beijing’s Olympics Escalates Global Tensions

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US’ Decision To Boycott Beijing’s Olympics Escalates Global Tensions

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Washington’s attitude violates international diplomatic standards.

Written by Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.

December 6 the White House confirmed that the US will not participate officially in the Winter Olympic Games, scheduled for next year, in Beijing. The decision was made based on strictly political issues, with the US government alleging China to be responsible for supposed human rights violations and anti-democratic policies. As a result, international tensions tend to escalate, as an important diplomatic tie is being broken, promoting an unnecessary politicization of sporting disputes.

Confirming a series of rumors and suspicions in recent months, the US government made it clear that the country will not participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in an official way. In addition to harming the athletic and peaceful nature of the event, the decision also raised the current level of tension between US and China, as the justification given by the American government is based on unfounded accusations, which are constantly denied and refuted by the Chinese government, such as the allegations of systematic extermination of the Uyghur population and invasion plans against Taiwan.

White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki said: “The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses (… ) US diplomatic or official representation would treat these game as ‘business as usual’ in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that (…) As the president has told President Xi [Jinping], standing up for human rights in the DNA of Americans. We have a fundamental commitment to promoting human rights and we feel strongly in our position and we will continue to take actions to advance human rights in China and beyond (…)”.

The boycott, according to information provided so far, will only take place on a diplomatic level. The US will not officially participate, but American athletes who want to compete will be able to travel freely to China. These athletes will not be supported by any official representation of the American State, which will not mobilize diplomats or delegates to comply with the formal and ceremonial aspects of the event. The case will certainly also bring great discomfort to the American athletes themselves, who will compete practically without a flag, undermining the patriotic aspect of their performance.

The international tensions due to the boycott have already started. A few hours after the announcement, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, made it clear that Beijing will apply countermeasures to Washington if the US government does not decline its attempt to boycott the event. The nature of such countermeasures has not been clarified, but there are several possibilities for reaction, both on a commercial and political level.

It is a naive attitude to view international sporting events as occasions of mere entertainment. In fact, the Olympics are also a great display of geopolitical strength, where Nation States demonstrate their soft power potential. However, boycotting an event of this size for purely political reasons seems an attitude of extreme politicization, whose consequences in the medium and long term can be severe. The precedent set by Washington will allow all countries to act in the same way in upcoming events. Considering that practically all States accumulate reports of human rights violations and have geopolitical rivals, every important sporting event could be boycotted by some country from now on.

For example, the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics are scheduled respectively for Paris and Los Angeles. France has several denunciations of human rights violations, mainly in Africa, and has very important nations as direct geopolitical rivals, such as Turkey. The same can be said about the US itself, which has military troops deployed on all continents, gathering reports of abuses and crimes all around the world, in addition to the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the domestic arena, with constant racial and social tensions. If Turkey, China, Russia and other countries decide to boycott events in the US and France due to geopolitical disagreements, for example, the entire structure of global sport would be affected and the Olympics would lose part of its meaning as an opportunity for peaceful and respectful competition between nations. That is why the American precedent is so dangerous.

Even more troubling is the fact that there is no convincing evidence for the US to continue to endorse allegations of human rights violations against China. The alleged “genocide” against the Uyghur population is a conspiracy theory constantly spreading across the West, without any substantial proof. There is no credibility in this type of speech, as well as in the accusations about the existence of a possible Chinese plan to invade Taiwan. However, adopting conspiracy theories as official state discourse has become an increasingly common practice in the West, which has had serious consequences, such as the current Olympic crisis.

The International Olympic Committee should persuade Washington to change its stance, preventing the extreme politicization of sporting events. Otherwise, soon there will be no Olympics as we know them, with the big events turning into mere disputes of flagless individual athletes.

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Chris Gr

Both red and white Russians have supported Uyghurs in the past both against the CCP and the Kuomintag. This is fact.

Guantanamo Abu Ghraib

Uyghurs are perfectly fine, imaginary “genocide” exists only in Fox/SkyNews laughable propaganda for brainless zombies, but you can take them to Greece if you love turkic-muslim d*ck so much.

Chris Gr

Icarus Tanovic?

Guantanamo Abu Ghraib

Of course NOT

jens holm

I support something like that very much. Sports has become too political for selfpromoting to hide things and make own selfie glamour. That of course covers Our own happenings.

As own example we have the European melodix Grandprix. Those very polical songs we have heard from several of the new made countries are political hate speach. Festevals are made for making less hate in the world – and to sell songs.

vikziv

“All we’re saying; Give peace a chance”

The end

Very very sad for US athletes. These athletes as all the rest, who make it through selection process, Olympics is a life dream come true. Now this dream of these truly special and exceptional people is shattered by some half or literally illiterate politicians. Sad, very sad…

Michel LeBlanc

Alot of the athletes are kids too. 16 17 18 years old.

I agree, what a dumb move by the politicians

Guantanamo Abu Ghraib

Jen Psaki the ugly Goblin: “standing up for human rights in the DNA of Americans. We have a fundamental commitment to promoting human rights and we feel strongly in our position and we will continue to take actions to advance human rights in China and beyond”
Fookin hilarious!

That’s exactly I hate these degenerates so much, not just because they are the global empire but because they are so incredibly full of sh*te.

The most evil, despicable empire in human history, along with their bastard sister Britain, terrorizing the world for decades, centuries, built on mass scale genocide, on slavery, piracy, plunder, exploitation of everyone and everything, yet they can’t stop yapping about human rights and liberty! They have none. They have more prisoners than China ffs! They are crying about poor little Uyghurs (without a single evidence), how about poor little Iraqis?

Back in 1996. Psaki’s idol Madeleine Albright (then the Secretary of State) said: “500.000 dead Iraqi children were worth it”. Since then they slaughtered a million or two more, Syria and Libya not included, they occupied the country, they murdered and tortured, they are still there, still killing innocent people every day. Yet they dare to talk about human fookin rights???

Merob

Tinha que ser um Lulalive retardado pra escrever uma groselha dessas.

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