“This is definitely something we want to discuss,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.
He later reiterated that the United States would not make a statement regarding the Beijing Games now and wrote on Twitter: “2022 is still a long way off, but we will continue to work closely with our allies and partners to define our common concern and approach ( to the Olympics). “
Activists and several Republican politicians have increasingly called for a boycott. President Joe Biden and his administration have repeatedly kept the door open to boycott the Olympics without announcing a specific direction.
The background is the allegations that China has detained over 1 million Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities in camps in Xinjiang in the west of the country.
Chinese authorities reject allegations of forced detention and forced labor. They say the camps were set up to provide Uighurs with education and better economic conditions, while helping to combat extremist Islamism.