China has reacted sharply after US President Joe Biden confirmed that his administration is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
On Thursday, Biden was asked if he would support such a move. He replied that it's "something we are considering."
US media earlier reported that the Biden administration is considering a diplomatic boycott due to China's human rights issues. The boycott would allow US athletes to join in the Games, but no US government officials would attend the opening or closing ceremonies.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters on Friday that China will not tolerate any interference in its internal affairs by foreign forces under any pretexts or any methods.
The spokesperson dismissed as distortions US talks of genocide and forced labor in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and that Chinese people see such accusations as a joke.
Zhao said the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics are a stage for athletes from across the world where they play the leading role.
He said politicizing sports is against the Olympic spirit and harms the interests of athletes of all countries.