The Olympics boycott is part of a complex diplomatic balancing act.
Campaigners on the other hand also stress that at least one million Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated in camps in Xinjiang.
China is also accused of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labour. Moreover, the last full boycott of the Olympics by the US was in 1980. It was when President Jimmy Carter withdrew in protest against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.
The Winter Olympics will be held from February 4 to 20 in a closed-loop bubble because of Covid-19 restrictions.