Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker of the House, is urging the Biden administration and many other world leaders to initiate a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Olympics rather than a complete boycott. This would mean that the athletes competing in the games would be allowed to go but all Biden administration officials would be barred from going to see the Games in person.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday called for a ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in response to China’s human rights record,” CNBC released in a report this past Wednesday.
“We cannot proceed as if nothing is wrong about the Olympics going to China,” Pelosi Congress’ Human Rights Commission and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China this past Tuesday, as part of a hearing on if the United States should abstain from having an official presence at the Beijing Winter Olympics that are scheduled to happen in 2022.
Pelosi stated that a full-on boycott of the Olympic Games normally punishes the athletes themselves and does very little to actually achieve any sort of political goal. A “diplomatic boycott” could have the opposite effect, the Speaker stated.
“For heads of state to go to China, in light of a genocide that is ongoing while you’re sitting there in your seats, really begs the question: What moral authority do you have to speak about human rights any place in the world if you’re willing to pay your respects to the Chinese government as they commit genocide?” Pelosi stated.
The majority of Pelosi’s scorn was saved for the corporations who were against the restrictions on importing Chinese goods or creating partnerships with Chinese companies that take part in the use of forced labor. The Speaker spoke out against those who “look the other way on China’s abuses out of concern for their bottom line.”
“If we don’t speak out against human rights violations in China for commercial reasons, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights anywhere,” Pelosi stated.
Pelosi did not call out any of these corporations by name, but she did reference a “bipartisan bill targeting the use of forced labor in the Xinjiang region,” reported CNBC. Supposedly, the reason she held back from directly naming any corporations is due to the fact that her campaign donors are employed by some of China’s most prominent American partners.
As reported by Open Secrets, Pelosi received almost $80,000 in donations from individuals who work for or are affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, which thanked the government of China for allowing it access in order to film a few bit of B-roll for the movie “Mulan” in the Xinjiang region, in the mountains that are supposedly adjacent to known forced labor camps.