USA and China has been under strife since decades, they are putting each other on their backfoot and this has led upping in the already existing diplomatic divide between these nations. USA has withdrawn their participation from the Winter Olympics 2022 happening in capital city of PRC on diplomatic grounds.

This diplomatic boycott was in the wake of China’s “genocide” of the Uyghur minority and other human rights abuses, and this has prompted a fierce rebuke from Beijing Tuesday.

The move drew fiery opposition from Beijing, which threatened countermeasures and slammed the announcement as violating “political neutrality in sport”.

“The US attempt to interfere with the Beijing Winter Olympics out of ideological prejudice, based on lies and rumors, will only expose (its) sinister intentions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

“The US should stop politicizing sports and stop its words and actions that interfere in and undermine the Beijing Winter Olympics.” He added.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration would send no diplomatic or official representation to the Games given China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”

Sending official representation would signal that the Games were “business as usual,” Psaki said.“And we simply can’t do that.”

“The athletes on Team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home,” she added.

The International Olympic Committee called it a “purely political decision for each government, which the IOC in its political neutrality fully respects.

The announcement also makes it clear that the Olympic Games and the participation of the athletes are beyond politics and we welcome this,” an IOC spokesperson said.

The Chinese embassy in Washington earlier said the boycott would have no impact on the Games and “no one would care about whether these people come or not.”


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