Beijing Olympics: UK, Canada and Australia Boycott Diplomatic Follow US

December 09, 2021


- Britain, Canada and Australia on Wednesday (12/8/2021) followed in the footsteps of the United States (US) by carrying out a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February. Britain will not send a minister to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament. The reason for this is disagreements over many issues, which have taken relations between Beijing and London very seriously since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Other reasons for the diplomatic boycott by Britain are the persecution of pro-democracy groups in former British colony Hong Kong, and human rights abuses against the Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. Like other countries boycotting, Johnson made sure athletes would still compete. "I don't think that a sports boycott makes sense." Meanwhile in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his officials would also not be attending the Beijing Olympics.

"Deeply concerned by the Chinese government's repeated human rights violations," Trudeau said. Earlier on Wednesday, Australia also announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

The countries' decision follows Monday's US announcement of a diplomatic boycott of what Washington calls China's "genocide" against the Uighur minority in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. Beijing warned the United States would pay the price, while accusing Canberra of being political and selfish and of following Washington blindly. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China never intended to invite Australian officials to the Beijing Olympics. "Whether they come or not, no one cares."

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