UK announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Source: The Hill | December 8, 2021 | Lexi Lonas

The United Kingdom on Wednesday became the fourth country to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. 

“There will be effectively a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing,” Prime Minister Johnson told lawmakers, The Associated Press reported. “No ministers are expected to attend and no officials.”

“The government has no hesitation in raising these issues with China, as I did with President Xi the last time I talked to him,” he added.

The U.K. follows announcements of diplomatic boycotts of the Games from the U.S., Australia and Lithuania.

The diplomatic boycotts come as multiple countries have accused China of genocide and human rights violations, including the U.S.

The U.S. was the first on Monday to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympic Games. 


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