After US, UK considers diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter
Russian news agency Sputnik cited media reports that the UK government is actively discussing the possibility of not sending officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss considered a supporter of the idea.
Quoting the Times newspaper, Sputnik reported that under an option under consideration, Britain could be represented by an ambassador, but no other official.
On Thursday, United States President Joe Biden said his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to NBC News.
When asked about the possibility of a boycott during an Oval Office meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Biden replied that it was “something we’re considering,” according to NBC News.
The White House usually sends a delegation to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, but this time, under a diplomatic boycott, it will not send a delegation.
Top US lawmakers have called for a diplomatic boycott. CNN said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for such a boycott, a move to protest China’s human rights abuses.
Responding to this, China said that the politicization of the Olympics will harm the global sports movement in the world.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reacted after US President Joe Biden’s remarks on the diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Sputnik reported.
“The 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in Beijing are platforms for athletes from all over the world, and they are the real heroes of the upcoming Games,” said Zhao Lijian.
“Any politicization of sport violates the Olympic spirit and harms the interests of athletes from all countries,” the spokesperson said.
Human rights activists have raised their voice against China’s detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province and crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
According to Sputnik, in March, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials and one entity for alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
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