State Dept. Says China ‘Must Not Target’ U.S. Athletes in Beijing Winter Olympics

The U.S. State Department “strongly urged” the Chinese government not to discriminate against any U.S. athletes and team members as the United States and China compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. In…

State Dept. Says China ‘Must Not Target’ U.S. Athletes in Beijing Winter Olympics

The U.S. State Department “strongly urged” the Chinese government not to discriminate against any U.S. athletes and team members as the United States and China compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In a statement released through the official State Department press office, USA Today reported:

[State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert] said China had violated the Olympic Charter’s ban on political discrimination when it barred Human Rights Watch from a meeting of Olympic stakeholders held in Beijing last month. “Although China has told participants they can attend and compete as long as they do not “expose” China to negative influences, officials from Beijing’s Olympic sponsors, which include a Chinese telecommunications company, did not agree to meet with Human Rights Watch, she said.

The statement comes after a letter signed by 46 Democratic senators called on President Trump to “urge the Chinese government to end its continuing crackdown on peaceful human rights activists” as China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“The U.S. has an abiding interest in the universal rights and ideals celebrated during the Olympic Games,” the letter said. “The Games have also always served as a reminder of the ideals of shared prosperity and universal human rights.”

The Democratic lawmakers – Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris, of California, Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, Kamala Harris, of California, Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, Tom Udall, of New Mexico, Chris Murphy, of Connecticut, Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, Corey Booker, of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, of New Jersey, and Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut – wrote in the letter, “Human rights violations continue to be both a serious human rights challenge in China and an impediment to economic growth.”

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