This week, the world’s attention will be turned toward China, and not all of the limelight will be warm and inviting.
No, the Chinese Communist Party’s abhorrent record on human rights will be on full display in the coming days, as news networks attempt to cover the games while avoiding being accused of whitewashing them.
But we’re not likely to see much dissonance from Beijing itself, as US athletes continue to be warned of the dangers of speaking out while in-country.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated this unconscionable reality this week.
Speaking at Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing, Nancy Pelosi said the United States has an “urgent moral duty to shine a bright light” on China’s human rights abuses.Trending:
“When the Winter Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Beijing, the Chinese once again will attempt to distract the world from a decades-long campaign of abuse and repression,” Pelosi said. “But the United States and the international community know the truth.
“While we fully support and will root for our athletes, we cannot and will not be silent on human rights in China,” Pelosi later added. “Over the next two weeks, it is our urgent moral duty to shine a bright light on the many human rights violations being perpetrated by the host nation.”
Despite the lack of angst displayed at the games, China will be under the spotlight in the weeks ahead – whether they like it or not.