The U.S. State Department says it’s talking with allies about China’s human rights record and how to handle next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.
A department spokesman had suggested that an Olympic boycott to protest China’s rights abuses was among the possibilities.
But a senior official said later that a boycott has not yet been discussed.
Human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games.
The games are scheduled to open next February.
They have urged a diplomatic or straight-up boycott to call attention to alleged Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.