U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for a U.S. diplomatic ‘Boycott China’s 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, criticising China for human rights abuses and saying global leaders who attend would lose their moral authority.
U.S. lawmakers have vocal about Olympic boycott or venue change
U.S. lawmakers have been increasingly vocal about Olympic boycott or venue change, and have lashed out at American corporations, arguing their silence about what the State Department has deemed a genocide of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China was abetting the Chinese government.
Let’s not honour the Chinese government-Pelosi
“What I propose -and join those who are proposing – is a diplomatic boycott,” Pelosi said, in which “lead countries of the world without their attendance of the Olympics.” “Let’s not honour the Chinese government by having heads of states go to China,” she added. “For heads of states to go to China in light of a genocide that is ongoing – while you are sitting there in your seat – really begs the question, what moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any places in the world?” She said.
United States attempts to interfere in China’s domestic affairs-China
An independent United Nations panel said in 2018 that it had received credible reports that at least 1 million Uyghur and other Muslims had been held in different camps in China’s Xinjiang region. Beijing describes them as vocational training centres to stamp out extremism, and strongly rejects accusations of abuse and genocide.
Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu told Reuters that United States attempts to interfere in China’s domestic affairs over the Olympics were doomed to fail.
“I wonder what makes some U.S. politicians think they actually have the so-called ‘moral authority’? On human rights issues they are in no position, either historically or currently, to make wanton groundless criticism against China,” Liu said.