A full boycott is not expected, which means American athletes will still be allowed to compete. The last time the United States totally boycotted the Olympics was in 1980, when former President Jimmy Carter was in power.
In response to the news, Beijing warned that it would take “resolute countermeasures” against the Biden administration if the diplomatic boycott continued.
“The United States should stop politicizing sports and promoting the so-called” diplomatic boycott “so as not to affect Sino-American dialogue and cooperation in important areas,” the ministry spokesman said Monday. Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Zhao Lijian at a press conference.
Zhao called the potential boycott a “stain on the spirit of the Olympic charter” and a “sensationalist and politically manipulative” move by US politicians.
Throughout the November summit, Biden and Xi engaged in a “healthy debate,” according to a senior Biden administration official present for the discussions. Biden raised concerns about human rights, the Chinese aggression against Taiwan, and trade issues.
Almost all of the major issues Biden focuses on – including supply chain issues, climate change, North Korea, and Iran – have something to do with China. And the two countries, which have the world’s two largest economies, remain in conflict over trade, military aggression, global infrastructure, public health and human rights.
This story was updated with additional information on Sunday.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez and Nectar Gan contributed to this report.