After the State Department raised the possibility of boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing to protest the appalling human rights violations perpetrated in that country, they have backed off.
A boycott is “something that we certainly wish to discuss and it is certainly something that we understand that a coordinated approach will be not only in our interest, but also in the interest of our allies and partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday, according to alternative media outlet My24.
They added: “So this is one of the issues that is on the agenda, both now and in the future.”
However, shortly after that, it “issued a statement saying it was not considering a boycott after spokesman Ned Price suggested earlier in the day that one was possible in response to China’s human rights abuses,” the Daily Wire reported.
This pushback from the state department comes in contradiction to the same department’s statement just three months ago when the then secretary of state declared genocide the heinous extermination committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against the Uyghur people and other spiritual disciplines such as Falun Dafa.
“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in the statement.
The secretary also determined that the CCP committed crimes against humanity in the region, referring to the detention of more than 1 million Muslims with the aggravating circumstance of subjecting the population to forced labor, forced sterilization, and torture followed by death.
For their part, Chinese diplomats warned that there would be a “vigorous Chinese response.” The CCP media reminded that a boycott could cost U.S. companies billions of dollars by shutting them out of Chinese markets, which could be considered blackmail.
Olympic sponsors include Coca-Cola, Visa, General Electric, Airbnb, Mars Wrigley, and other multinational companies, aiming to enrich themselves with their market share in China.
In this regard, human rights advocates and those seeking freedom from oppression for the Uyghur people are pushing for a boycott of the sporting event.
Some of them have approached sponsors “one by one”, asking them to suspend their sponsorship.
Likewise, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a strong message to Americans calling for a boycott of the Olympics, which he called the “Genocide Olympics.”
During the opening session of the Richard Nixon Foundation’s Nixon Seminar that Pompeo co-chaired with former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, the former secretary of state was blunt in his comments against the Winter Olympics hosted by the Chinese Communist regime when he said: “I don’t think we should have any American go and participate in the Genocide Olympics.”
He also cited an argument for boycotting the controversial Olympics the risks to U.S. athletes in exposing themselves to the unreasonably strict system promoted by the CCP, where breaking Chinese laws could land them in jail.
“How you would send your child there to compete when if they said so much as, ‘Boy, is the food is bad here,’ you can end up in a Chinese prison for an awfully long time?” Pompeo added.