U.N. Amb. Thomas-Greenfield on Beijing Olympics: ‘We Will Not Send a Diplomatic Representation to China’

‘As a true leader we need to raise our concerns’


THOMAS-GREENFIELD: "We have made our position clear. We will not a send a diplomatic representation to China to represent the United States at the Games. We've not discouraged our athletes from participating. We think, as a true leader, we need to raise our concerns about the human rights violations that are being committed in Xinjiang and the attacks on democracy in Hong Kong, and we can’t just sit in this event and ignore those situations. True leadership requires that we raise these concerns publicly. How other countries proceed is up to those countries, but we hope that should those countries attend, that they will not shy — be shy to raise these concerns with the Chinese."

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