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China warns US against boycotting Olympics, which Republicans push after All-Star Game move Daily Mail Online


China accused the United States of 'politicising sports' on Wednesday, after Washington said it would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games on human rights grounds.
Republican have led calls for a boycott of the Olympics, in part over what rights monitors say is the mass incarceration and indoctrination of more than a million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim people in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
They've called Democrats hypocritical, as party members have indicated support for Major Leauge Baseball's decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia in protest over the state's GOP-endorsed voting law.
President Joe Biden's (left) administration has not made a decision regarding boycotting the winter Beijing Olympics, but a State Department spokesman said Tuesday it was something that would be discussed with allies. (Right) Chinese President Xi Jingping
Activists and Republican politicians have increasingly called for a boycott of the Olympics in part over what rights monitors say is the mass incarceration and indoctrination of more than one million Uyghurs. Detainees listen so speeches at a camp in Xinjiang, China
Rep. Steve Scalise (left), the House's No. 2 Republican, and former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (right) both were supportive of an Olympics boycott and pushed that Democrats were hypocrites for backing the MLB decision
'Reminder: The 2022 Olympics is being held in China - a communist country notorious for actual voter suppression and human rights abuses,' wrote Rep. Steve Scalise, the House's No. 2 Republican, in a tweet Tuesday.
'Will all the woke corporations be pulling their sponsorship of the Olympics?' the Louisiana Republican asked.
Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who after leaving office urged a boycott of the Olympics, wrote on Twitter: 'If you live in mainland China, there's no voter ID required because there's no voting that takes place.'
'Americans are not dumb. The following makes ZERO sense: Biden "strongly supports" boycotting Georgia for expanding voting opportunity. Biden considering boycotting Beijing Olympics as China tries to exterminate an entire population in horrendous Uyghur genocide,' President Donald Trump's former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted Tuesday.
In a letter written to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Monday by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio - asking if Manfred would now give up his Augusta National Golf Club membership - the Florida lawmaker brought up China too, asking if the baseball league would sever business ties with the communist nation.
Sen. Marco Rubio sent a letter Monday to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred asking whether he'd give up his membership to the August golf club and brought up China's human rights abuses, pointing out the MLB does business with the communist nation
'Since Major League Baseball now appears eager to use its "platform" to demonstrate "unwavering support" for fundamental human rights, will you cease your relationship with the Chinese Government, which at this very moment is committing genocide against the Uyghurs Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region?' Rubio asked.
'I am, of course, under no expectation any of this will happen,' he continued. 'Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout.'
'But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market,' the Florida Republican offered.
On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price indicated the United States would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games.
'It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,' Price said when asked if the United States would consider a joint boycott with allies.
'When it comes to our concerns with the government in Beijing, including Beijing's egregious human rights violations - its conduct of genocide in the case of Xinjiang,' Price said, US action is 'meaningful' but an effort that 'brings along our allies and partners will have all the more influence with Beijing.'
'We understand that a coordinated approach will be not only in our interest but also in the interests of our allies and partners,' he said.
A worker cleans the roof of the National Speed Skating stadium at Beijing Olympic Park in March 2021 as preparations step up for the Winter Games to be held in 2022
Chinese attendants dressed in winter costumes rehearse the award ceremony of the men's 500-meters race during a test event for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing
However he later reiterated that the United States does not 'have any announcement regarding the Beijing Olympics,' writing on Twitter that '2022 remains a ways off, but we will continue to consult closely with allies and partners to define our common concerns and establish our shared approach.'
A senior State Department official seemed to backpedal from Price's original statement even more telling CNBC Tuesday night , 'Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.'
President Joe Biden's administration has repeatedly kept the door open to boycotting the Olympics without announcing any firm direction.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier said the administration will consult with the US Olympic Committee.
China has denounced calls for a Olympics boycott and denies genocide, saying it is providing vocational training to minorities to reduce the allure of Islamic extremism.
On Wednesday China said allegations of genocide are 'the lie of the century from top to bottom'.
'As for the idea of a so-called joint boycott of the Beijing Olympics, I want to stress that politicising sports goes against the spirit of the Olympic Charter, and damages the rights and interests of each country's athletes and the global Olympic cause,' said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
The United States led a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, with the Soviet bloc in retaliation boycotting the Summer Games in Los Angeles four years later.

This data comes from MediaIntel.Asia's Media Intelligence and Media Monitoring Platform.

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