Australia will join the U.S.-announced diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. This was stated by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Australian government officials will not travel to China for these games. However, there will be Australian athletes, ”he said.
At the same time, Morrison pointed to China’s violations of human rights in Xinjiang province, and also drew attention to Beijing’s trade sanctions against Australia.
China calls US boycott of Olympic Games “political manipulation”
On December 6, the United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which would cut off official travel to the Games. The US also cited “crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights violations” as the reason. White House spokesman Jen Psaki clarified that Washington informed the allies about its decision, but the right how they should act in relation to the upcoming Games remains with these countries.
In response, Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said boycotting the United States was a “pretentious” move and “political manipulation.” “No invitations were sent to American politicians, so this ‘diplomatic boycott’ just came out of nowhere,” the diplomat said.