By: Jianli Yang – May 27, 2021
At a bipartisan congressional hearing hosted by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on May 18, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made rightful calls for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on the grounds of China’s abysmal human rights record.
After the hearing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that Pelosi was “full of lies,” adding that “U.S. politicians should stop using the Olympics to play despicable political tricks.” Sadly, it appears that the International Olympic Committee (IOC)—one of whose vice presidents is Chinese Communist Party member Yu Zaiqing—is now in bed with China, deeming human rights an off-limits “political” issue in order to save face for China and itself.
In my testimony at the hearing, I pointed out that the Chinese government committed gross human rights abuses in the lead up to and during… [Continue Reading]