On Thursday, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) signaled to U.S. President Joe Biden that if America chooses to boycott the Beijing Olympics, there would be some sort of retaliation:
JUST IN: China warns the Biden administration of a “robust Chinese response” if the U.S. boycotts the Beijing Olympics – NYP
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 8, 2021
The party did not explain whether their “robust” response would involve military action or sanctions, but the message reportedly has the Biden administration scrambling.
According to a story from the Wall Street Journal titled ‘The Beijing Games Are Giving the Biden Administration an Olympic-Sized Headache,’ the White House is under pressure from congressional Republicans to demand the Games be moved — an impossible suggestion for a two-week-long competition due to take place next February — or at least to not send a delegation of high-level officials and other luminaries, in what would be a kind of diplomatic boycott.
The U.S. hasn’t sent top-level officials to China in more than a year, and recent senior meetings have taken place in Hawaii, under President Trump, and in Alaska, under President Biden. Sending a delegation to the Beijing Olympics opens the door to a slew of attacks leading up to the midterm elections from Republican candidates demanding a tougher stance on China.
In an op-ed, Greg Cote of the Miami Herald reports sports and politics have always been entwined.
“The inseparability of sports and politics always has existed,” explains Cote. “It only seems magnified now because ESPN and social media and the rest make it all instant and amplified.”
Of course, the ultimate mix of sports and politics happens every two years, in winter or summer, with the Olympics and talk of governments boycotting…
President Biden would discuss a possible boycott with allies, State Department spokesman Ned King said Tuesday — although by later that same day the State Department seemed to walk back the notion of a boycott. We shall see how Biden will handle the migraine that would be American participation in what some have coined the “Genocide Olympics.”
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