Britain has joined a diplomatic boycott of the Chinese Winter Olympics. Previously three other countries, namely the United States, Canada and Australia, had already expressed their attitude.
“There will be a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. It is estimated that no officials and ministers were present,” British Prime Minister Borris Johnson said, quoted by Reuters, Wednesday (08/12/2021).
Johnson said he usually doesn’t support boycotts. However, Britain does not plan to send its officials to the Winter Olympics due to alleged human rights violations by China.
“I don’t think a sports boycott makes sense and it remains government policy,” he said.
Despite a diplomatic boycott of China’s Winter Olympics, Britain will still send its athletes to compete in the event.
Responding to Britain’s plans, China itself stated that it did not invite the ranks of johnson’s government.
“Making the issue of the presence of officials at the Beijing Winter Olympics is the essence of a political smear campaign,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.
Australia and Canada have already announced diplomatic boycotts of the sport. The two countries follow in the footsteps of the United States which has announced a boycott on Monday, (6/12/2021)
These countries are seeking a diplomatic boycott of china’s Winter Olympics due to several issues of human rights violations allegedly committed by China.
“The Biden administration will not send diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Beijing Winter and Paralympic Games,” White House Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“In light of the genocide and crimes against humanity China is currently committing in Xinjiang and other human rights violations.”
Regarding the boycott, China gave a strong warning to the four countries that conducted a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. China said the four countries would bear the consequences of its decision.
“TheUnited States,Australia, Britain and Canada using the Olympics to manipulate politics are a way of hating and isolating themselves. They will pay the price for the mistakes made,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told AFP on Thursday.