U.S. officials to boycott Beijing Olympics over rights ‘atrocities’

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By Steve Holland, Humeyra Pamuk, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. government officials will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of China’s human rights “atrocities”, the White House said on Monday, just weeks after talks aimed at easing tense relations between the two superpowers. The diplomatic boycott, which leaves athletes free to travel to Beijing to compete, has been encouraged by some members of Congress and rights advocacy groups for months. Beijing threatened unspecified “resolute countermeasures” against any such move before Mond…

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