US keeps pressure on rights despite Biden-Xi talks

The United States resumed its attack on China over human rights issues and promised a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics after the two countries’ leaders held a three-hour virtual meeting on Tuesday.

After the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, both countries agreed to ease visa restrictions for each other’s journalists and other media workers. But according to the Washington Post, the White House will announce by the end of this month that neither Biden nor any other US government official will attend the Beijing Games.

Meanwhile, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), an independent agency of the US government, said in an annual report to Congress that strict implementation of the National Security Law was stripping Hong Kong of long-held advantages that made it a global financial center. It also warned that China had acquired an “initial capability” to invade Taiwan with more than 25,000 troops.

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