Speaking on the eve of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, leading United States politicians and rights activists on Thursday sharply criticised China’s abuse of its Uighur population, ethnic cleansing in Tibet and suppression of democracy in Hong Kong. Al Jazeera reports that President Joe Biden had previously said the US government would not send officials to attend the games with other nations including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Japan, having joined the diplomatic boycott. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un though sent a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulating him on the Beijing Winter Olympic Games as another “great victory won by socialist China”.