U.S. to consult allies over Beijing Olympics; China warns against boycott

By Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States on Tuesday said it aimed to discuss a common approach with its allies towards participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, as China's foreign ministry warned that the world would not accept a boycott.

With calls for a boycott growing over China's human rights record, State Department spokesman Ned Price repeated concerns over what Washington has described as genocide against Uighur Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region, where Beijing denies that rights abuses have taken place.

Asked if the United States was consulting allies over whether to consider a potential joint boycott, Price told a media briefing: "It is something that we certainly wish to discuss...

"We understand that a coordinated approach will be not only in our interests, but also in the interests of our allies and partners."

Price later clarified in an email that he was referring to the United States having a coordinated approach rather than specifically discussing a joint boycott.