What you need to know about the Beijing Winter Olympics boycotts

What you need to know about the Beijing Winter Olympics boycotts

The Biden administration and the British government have announced boycotts of the Beijing Olympics. Russian President Vladimir Putin and French premier Emmanuel Macron say they are counter-productive. What are the arguments?

The decision by the US to confirm a diplomatic boycott of the Games, which take place in February, proved the most explosive flashpoint yet of an international row which has set countries against each other.

Some nations have followed Biden’s lead, while others are vehemently opposed to the Senate’s verdict.

How long has talk of an Olympics boycott been going on for?

Since at least March, when Utah Senator Mitt Romney earned a mixed reaction on social media for encouraging a boycott.

“China deserves our condemnation,” Romney wrote in the New York Times. “The Chinese Communist Party has reneged on its agreement to allow Hong Kong self rule; it has brutally suppressed peaceful demonstrators and incarcerated respected journalists.

In April, a…

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