U.S. consulting allies on 'shared approach' to China 2022 Olympics

·1 min read
FILE PHOTO: Olympic Rings monument outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters in Tokyo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States was consulting with allies and other countries on a "shared approach" to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, amid criticism of China and calls for boycotts over human rights abuses.

"More on that in weeks to come," Blinken told a U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

Members of Congress have been increasingly vocal about an Olympics boycott or demanding they be moved to a different city, in light of what the State Department has deemed a genocide of Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bernadette Baum)