Nancy Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of 2022 Olympics in China

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​House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, citing China’s genocidal campaign against the Muslim-m​inority​ Uyghurs.

“We cannot proceed as if nothing is wrong about the Olympics going to China,” Pelosi said during a virtual hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

“The last three decades have made it clear that we cannot continue to give Beijing a blank check on the hope that their behavior will simply change,” the California Democrat said.

Pelosi said she’s calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games rather than having athletes stay away because world leaders would be attending the event “in wake of a genocide that is ongoing while you’re sitting there in your seats.”

“What moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any place in the world if you’re willing to pay your respects to the Chinese government as they commit genocide? So honor your athletes at home. Let’s have a diplomatic boycott, if in fact, this Olympics takes place. Silence on this issue is unacceptable. It enables China’s abuses,” Pelosi said.

T​he Chinese Communist Party has been carrying out a brutal campaign against the Uyghurs since 2017, detaining millions of the ethic group in forced labor camps in the western part of China, while subjecting them to torture and rape allegedly in an effort to assimilate them into Chinese culture.​

The treatment of the Uyghurs has sparked an international outcry.

​State Department spokesman Ned Price said in April that the administration was discussing with allies a possible boycott of the games scheduled to start on Feb. 4, 2022, but the White House said President Biden hasn’t reached that conclusion.

Speaking to reporters one day later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered the press corps conflicting guidance, indicating the president is not mulling a boycott. 

“Certainly our hope is that we are at a point where enough people across the country and hopefully around the world have been vaccinated, but we will rely on health and medical experts on that particular piece,” Psaki began, noting that only health factors appeared to be standing in the way of US participation.

“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” she continued.

“We of course consult closely with allies and partners at all levels to define our common concerns and establish a shared approach, but there’s no discussion underway of a change in our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics from the United States’ point of view.”

In a March interview with The Post, Uyghur exile and activist Tahir Imin — who was forced to flee his home in 2017 due to the increasingly oppressive political environment — said he believes a boycott is key to holding the CCP accountable for their atrocities.

“The new administration should boycott [the] Olympics,” Imin told The Post.

Sitting out the winter games was a “necessary” step in stopping China’s systemic abuse of the Uyghur Muslim minority in the country’s Xinjiang region, he said.

Imin, an academic now based in Washington, DC, begged for the US and other countries to take action, saying, “We are on the brink of extinction.”

“If the world international community doesn’t take serious actions, they will lose a very important element of humanity,” he warned.

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