Responsible Statecraft takes a look at the three options being advanced by various Western politicians regarding a potential boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics and finds all of them lacking.
The brutal reality is that embracing an Olympic boycott in some form might give U.S. political leaders and human rights organizations satisfaction, but nothing the United States and its allies do with respect to the Olympics is likely to change Beijing’s policies …
This editorial acknowledges the obvious: Believing that Beijing will cower to international pressure over a 16-day sporting competition is nonsense, especially recognizing that no Western government is willing to discontinue trade with China.
Stop the talk about a boycott. Anything done in this area will be symbolic, at best, and not be successful.