U.S. President Joseph Biden said today that his country is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics scheduled for February in Beijing in protest of human rights violations in China.

“It’s something we’re thinking about,” Biden told reporters.

A boycott would mean that only American athletes go to the Games, but not officials representing the country.

Several members of the Republican Party in the United States called on Biden that the country completely boycott the Games and that neither officials nor athletes go to Beijing. They condemn the repression of the Uyghurs, the Muslim community in Xinjiang province, a repression that the U.S. government describes as “genocide.”

However, many representatives of both houses of Congress, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a member of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi (Nancy) and Republican Senator Mitt Romney, are pushing for a diplomatic boycott.

Chinese authorities expressed dissatisfaction in May, when Nancy Pelosi mentioned that possibility.

The Washington Post recently reported that the White House should announce a decision on a diplomatic boycott by the end of November.

Biden’s advisers also recommended that option, the paper added.

By Editor

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