Washington warns that China will make the Winter Olympics a platform for its propaganda.

source: reuters.com

Antony Blinken again accused Beijing of "continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity and genocide" against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

The United States, which has yet to comment on a possible boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, said on Wednesday that it wanted to prevent China from using them as a "platform" for its propaganda.

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, again accused Beijing of "continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity and genocide" against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region when presenting the State Department's annual report on religious freedom. In the world.

More and more Republican figures are calling on Joe Biden's Democratic government to boycott the winter sports competition to protest these human rights violations. But so far, US leaders have delayed a decision.

Asked by the press about a possible boycott, a senior official at the State Department in charge of religious freedom, Dan Nadel, replied that Washington continued to "examine the options in terms of policy and message" that could "promote" its "priorities" about the Olympics.

This includes going against Beijing's intention to use the Games as a platform to validate, in some way, its governance model and hide its flagrant human rights violations, he added.

We cannot close our eyes to the aberrant balance of Beijing in terms of human rights, insisted this official, estimating that this also concerned Tibet, Hong Kong, and the rest of China.

The Chinese government "transformed Xinjiang" into "an open-air prison" and "movements of people are closely watched," said Dan Nadel.

When it gets to the Olympics, we are conscious that our efforts will be more useful if we act with partners who think like us, he continued, assuring that the Biden government was consulting with the US Congress and its foreign allies.

At the same time, Blinken announced new sanctions against Yu Hui, a former senior official from Chengdu, in the Chinese province of Sichuan, for his involvement in "human rights violations," such as the "arbitrary detention" of faithful of the religious group Falun Gong. , banned in China "as a result of their spiritual beliefs."

Yu-Hui and his close family are now banned from the United States.