WASHINGTON — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures.”
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
It’s a sign of growing tensions between the U.S. and China.
“This is a sovereign decision that each country needs to make. We fully expect that other countries will announce their decision in the coming days and weeks,” State Department Press Secretary Ned Price said.
Dean Cheng, with the Conservative Heritage Foundation, said it’s the right move.
“Choosing a diplomatic boycott for the Olympics is in some ways almost the first thing that this administration has done that doesn’t make them look like they are going hat-in-hand to Beijing,” Cheng said.
But Cheng still criticizes the Biden administration for its policy toward China and said the U.S. isn’t doing enough to prepare for the future.
“Five to 10 years from now, we will see a China whose military strategy is being fulfilled by military that has modernized according to long laid-out plans,” Cheng said.
U.S. Space Force Operations Vice Chief General David Thompson told FOX News on Sunday that even though the U.S is on top in the space race, China is quickly catching up.
“China is a tremendous threat,” Thompson said.
And Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) agreed.
“Space is one of those places where China is trying to get way ahead of us. We need to change to keep up,” Moulton said.
Thompson and Moulton said the U.S needs to adapt its approach to outpace China before it’s too late.