There will indeed be a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons.
Ministers and officials are not expected to attend, added Mr Johnson, who had previously indicated that there was no question of a sports boycott.
The diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics was initiated Monday by the United States, which said it was doing so to protest against the “genocide” of the Uighurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
The Australian government followed suit on Wednesday morning, also citing human rights abuses in China, and a series of other disagreements.
Canada, which has had its fair share of disputes with China for three years, has still not said whether its government will emulate its allies, but says negotiations are underway on the matter.
We are still thinking about
our posture in relation to [Jeux] olympic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.
We are looking at how to align with as many partners as possible., he added, promising an announcement
in the coming weeks.
Conservatives, Bloc and New Democrats all say they support a diplomatic boycott to protest the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighurs. Parliament adopted a motion recognizing the “genocide” of the Uighurs last winter.