Winter Olympics 2022: British ministers and officials will “effectively” boycott the Beijing Games, says Boris Johnson

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Winter Olympics 2022: British ministers and officials will “effectively” boycott the Beijing Games, says Boris Johnson


Boris Johnson said there would “indeed” be a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China, without any ministers or UK government officials expected.

It comes after countries like the US and Australia announce their own diplomatic boycott on human rights concerns.

When pressed for questions from the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said no diplomat was ready to go to the Games.

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The Games – which take place in and around Beijing – begin February 4

However, he added: “I don’t think sports boycotts are reasonable and that remains the policy of the government. “

Countries that have announced boycotts still allow their athletes to compete.

Mr Johnson was questioned on the matter twice in the Commons on Wednesday.

Former conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said the “brutal and dictatorial Chinese regime” persecuted religious minorities and “terrorized” its Muslim Uyghur population.

Mr Johnson replied that the government had “no hesitation in raising these issues with China, as I did with President Xi the last time I spoke to him.”

He added, “And there will indeed be a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. No minister is expected – and no civil servant… ”

Australia announced earlier that it would not send officials either, but its prime minister, Scott Morrison, was more robust and admitted that its relationship with China had deteriorated.

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

The American boycott announcement a few days ago cited “gross human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang”.

This has not been well received by the Chinese government, which has warned of “firm countermeasures” and accused America of “a high reputation.”

China has repeatedly denied human rights violations against the Uyghur population, but there have been allegations of torture and death inside the famous rehabilitation centers.

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.

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

A Canadian foreign affairs spokesperson said the country was discussing the issue “with our closest partners,” while New Zealand said it was not sending diplomats for COVID-related reasons.

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



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