Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that Australians are joining the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses perpetrated by the ruling Communist Party of China.

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Running news: Following the Biden administration’s announcement that US officials would not attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, Morrison told a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit because “it is the right thing to do.” “

  • Like the US, Australian athletes will still compete in Beijing.

What are they saying: Chinese Embassy in Australia issued a statement Accusing the government of Australia of “political stance”.

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Noteworthy: New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told reporters on Tuesday that New Zealand officials would also not attend the Beijing Games, citing “a number of factors but mostly to do with COVID”.

  • “But we have clarified our concerns about human rights issues to China on several occasions,” he said.

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