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Beijing Olympics: Boris Johnson announces in turn the boycott of the United Kingdom


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday December 8 a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which will begin on February 4.

During the weekly question-and-answer session in Parliament, the Prime Minister confirmed taking the same action as the United States and Australia.

Before the deputies, the head of government stressed that London regularly raised with Beijing the question of respect for human rights by the Chinese regime, in particular the treatment inflicted on the Uyghur Muslim minority.

“We regularly raise these matters with the Chinese and I did so myself with President Xi when I spoke to him recently,” said Boris Johnson.

As a reminder, the United States announced Monday their diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. They were followed this Wednesday by Australia.

If the announcement of the American decision has aroused the anger of China, that of Australia has, for its part, indifferent Chinese diplomacy. The latter believing that “nobody cared” as to whether Canberra would send official representatives or not.

However, this boycott does not concern the athletes. Athletes who wish to participate in the Games will be able to. This only concerns representatives.