Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn The U.S. Delegation at the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. Credit: U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons When China was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics seven years ago, very few outside the People’s Republic and its small circle of friendly regimes were thrilled. China’s human rights record was poor when it hosted the Summer Games to great fanfare in 2008, and things have only gotten worse since. Xinjiang, Hong Kong, ubiquitous tech surveillance, the suppression of civil society — the list is long. And Beijing’s sense of dominion has expanded to cover speech in any language, on any continent, and on any platform. The Covid-19 pandemic has just reinforced these worries.See this CSIS program on the Beijing Olympics, a videotaped panel discussion, with Scott Kennedy, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Rep. Young Kim, Sophie Richardson, Susan Lawrence, Charles Edel and Anna Ashton. It is not surprising that many in the human rights community and U.S. Congress have at some point called for a full-scale boycott, suggesting that only by not participating would the U.S. demonstrate that it doeSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.