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UK, Canada become latest countries to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics Updated: 2021-12-09 17:25:22 KST

The UK and Canada have become the latest nations to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which kicks off in February.

"And there will be effectively a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. No ministers are expected to attend."

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained the decision was made based on alleged human rights abuses in China, which the Chinese government strongly denies.
Later in the day, Canada followed suit, again citing its human rights concerns.

"As a country, indeed as many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government. That is why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympic Paralympic Games this winter."

Trudeau said the country's boycott should not come as a surprise to China, as Canada has been clear for years about its deep concerns over human rights violations in China.
Their decisions came a day after the White House confirmed the U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the Games to protest China's human rights abuses.
Washington's decision was endorsed by Australia, which made it clear that the country's athletes will still represent the country as they did proudly at the Tokyo Olympics.
Other countries, including Japan, are also known to be mulling a diplomatic boycott.
Despite the boycotts, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said he was pleased athletes will still take part.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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