2022 Winter Olympics: Australia joins United States in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games

2022 Winter Olympics: Australia joins United States in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games

The Australian prime minister has said his country will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns.

“I’m doing it because it’s in Australia’s national interest. It’s the right thing to do, ”said Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison said the move should come as no surprise as relations between the countries have deteriorated in recent years.

Besides human rights concerns, he said China had criticized Australia’s defense efforts “particularly in relation, more recently, to our decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.”

Mr Morrison admitted relations with China had deteriorated

The country’s athletes will still be able to participate in the February games.

The Australian prime minister said he was open to efforts to restore relations with China.

“There has been no obstacle to this happening on our side, but the Chinese government still has not accepted these opportunities to meet with us,” Morrison said.

The move takes place a few days later the United States decided to retain its own diplomats and officials of the Olympic Games because of “gross human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang”.

China’s Foreign Ministry has warned of “tough countermeasures” and said the United States is “grandiose.”

China has been accused of abuses against the Muslim Uyghur population of Xinjiang, some allegation of torture and death in rehabilitation centers. He denies the allegations.

The case of tennis player Peng Shuai, who filed a sexual assault complaint against a former senior Chinese official, put more emphasis on the country’s human rights.

Olympic rings lead to venues in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province

About two months before the start of the Olympics, more countries could join the boycott.

The Times reported that the UK could be part of the protest, while a Canadian foreign affairs spokesperson said the country was discussing the issue “with our closest partners.”

The Winter Olympics will be held in and around Beijing and neighboring Hebei Province from February 4 to 20.


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