Psaki: US hasn't discussed 2022 Olympics boycott

The United States has made clear it has not consulted with its allies about a possible boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing. The possibility was raised due to concerns over China's human rights record.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday, "Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners."

Psaki added, "We would be on any issue, in coordination with our partners and allies about a range of concerns we have with China's behavior and their actions."

She referred to China's alleged human rights abuses against the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Tuesday suggested the US will not rule out consulting with its allies about a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

China's foreign ministry hit back at the idea, and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee voiced opposition to a boycott.

Observers say that Psaki's remark is seen as an effort to defuse the situation.