Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE on Wednesday called for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be relocated out of Beijing, urging President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE to oppose the host city because of China's human rights record.
"President Biden should make a clear and unequivocal demand that the 2022 Winter Olympics be moved from Beijing unless China comes clean on the origins of COVID-19 and immediately ends persecution of the Uyghur people," Pence said to applause in a speech at The Heritage Foundation on U.S.-China relations.
"The Olympics should only take place in countries that respect fundamental human rights and the well-being of mankind," Pence added.
The former vice president, who delivered two major policy speeches on China while in office, pointed to the relocation of the 2022 games as one of several actions Biden and his team could take to get tougher on China.
Pence also called for the administration to consider halting U.S. funding of scientific research in China in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic originating there. He also suggested Biden should accelerate efforts to decouple the American economy from Chinese industries to protect U.S. interests and improve domestic supply chains.
A number of conservatives have called on the Biden administration to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing or for the event to be moved out of the country over China’s repression of Uyghur Muslims, which both the Trump and Biden administrations have described as genocide, and Beijing's crackdown on human rights in Hong Kong.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden does not plan to shield Trump docs in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Watch live: Psaki, Homeland Secretary Mayorkas hold press briefing MORE said in April a boycott was not being considered by the administration after a State Department spokesperson suggested it could be discussed.