On Monday (December 6), the White House said U.S. government officials would boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of China's human rights "atrocities," although U.S. athletes are free to travel there to compete. President Joe Biden's administration highlighted what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims in China's western region of Xinjiang.
China opposes the boycott and would take "resolute countermeasures," foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
The United States' "plot" of trying to disrupt the Olympics was doomed to fail, leading to a loss of "moral authority and credibility," Zhao told a regular media briefing in the Chinese capital. He urged the United States to stop bringing politics into sports, adding that the boycott went against Olympic principles.