Beijing Olympics boycott rejected by South Korea and other countries

December 14, 2021

Beijing Olympics boycott rejected by South Korea and other countries

US President Joe Biden has spent a lot of time in recent weeks trying to challenge China’s influence around the globe. This time we discuss the Beijing Olympics boycott.

The leader of the free world has had a similar focus in responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin who wants to expand the borders of his country.

The efforts from the Biden administration have been a mixed bag. While Russia seems interested in finding some middle ground with the United States in terms of diplomacy, China has been more of a wild card.

Biden’s so-called Democracy Summit has not put forward any concrete step that can be a real problem for China.

Moreover, Biden’s decision to partially boycott China’s Winter Olympics in February has not gotten the response he had hoped for.

Biden opts for diplomatic Beijing Olympics boycott

The American president announced last week that US diplomats would boycott Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The reason given for the boycott was China’s poor record on human rights.

However, experts say the divide between the two countries is wider. They do not agree on Taiwan, and of course, China’s recent rise to global superpower status is a problem for the status quo and America’s hegemony.

Interestingly, American athletes are allowed to compete in Beijing, which created confusion for many critics.

However, the Biden administration is hoping to start a movement that will bring more attention to the problems with China.

At first, the boycott showed some promises to be a success after countries like Great Britain, Canada, and Australia chose to join forces with America.

China quickly put the brakes on the movement gaining more force by issuing a real threat. The Communist nation said it might retaliate and warned other countries not to join the boycott. And if they did, they would pay a hefty price.

It seems that China’s plan has worked because only Lithuania and New Zealand have said they would not send dignitaries to the Olympics in addition to the other countries previously mentioned.

Some key US allies have even come out against the boycott in a blow to Biden’s initiative.

South Korea breaks with America on Beijing Olympics diplomatic boycott

South Korea is a top American ally in Asia. However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in prefers to charter a different path when it comes to China.

On Monday, the Asian leader has said that his country received no request to join a diplomatic boycott and did not plan on doing so either.

China is South Korea’s top trade partner. The Asian superpower is also a central player in the peace efforts between Seoul and North Korea.

In his remarks in Australia, the South Korean confirms that China is crucial for the Korean Peninsula.

Having the backing of South Korea would have been a huge win for the Biden administration.

Seoul is not alone in expressing doubts about the diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics.

Before South Korea, France, and other countries also poured cold water on Biden’s boycott

While South Korea was muted in saying no to Biden on this issue. French President Emmanuel Macron was more direct and brutal.

The European politician sees Biden’s move as purely symbolic. Moreover, he publicly wondered about its effectiveness.

France is getting ready to host the Olympics in 2024, and China has been a good trading partner. Other countries like Argentina and Israel have also said no to the diplomatic boycott.

They do not see the point of politicizing an event like the Olympics. The Biden has been quieter on this subject after failing to get more support from other countries.

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