US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

Tibetan activists stand in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters during a protest ahead of the February's Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, on November 26, 2021 in Lausanne. 
 

Photo credit: Fabrice Coffrini | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The Olympics boycott is part of a complex diplomatic balancing act. 
  • Biden's administration has left Trump-era trade tariffs on China in place and continues to order naval patrols through sensitive international sea lanes that China is accused of trying to bring under its control.

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