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State Department denies considering boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 – CNET

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The games are set to begin in February. 

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The US is not considering a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which are scheduled to begin in February of next year, the US State Department says.

“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed,” a senior State Department official told CNET. “We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.

The clarification comes after State Department spokesperson Ned Price seemed to indicate at a Tuesday press briefing that discussions were underway between the the Biden administration, which is looking to curb Chinese military expansion and human rights abuses, and partners and allies regarding a potential boycott.

“We’re talking about 2022, and we’re still in April of 2021, so these games remain some time away,” Price said during the briefing. “I wouldn’t want to put a timeframe on it, but these discussions are underway.”

Price reiterated that sentiment in a tweet posted from the State Department spokesperson’s official Twitter account Tuesday evening. 

“As I said, we don’t have any announcement regarding the Beijing Olympics,” Price tweeted. “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 to the PRC.”

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