Morrison said the Chinese government has yet to make any attempts to respond to many of the issues raised by Australia, including the alleged human rights abuses.
So it’s no surprise that Australian government officials are not traveling to China to attend the Games. But Morrison told reporters in Sydney that Australian athletes would do just that.
The White House announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics
– Representatives of the Joe Biden administration will not participate in any events related to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022 due to the “genocide and crimes against humanity” taking place in Xinjiang – White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced Monday.
Official or diplomatic representation at these Games may mean that we take it as “business as usual” in the face of massive human rights violations and crimes committed by the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang, and we simply cannot do that. She added that President Biden told President Xi that defending human rights is part of the DNA of Americans.
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She added that while American athletes will attend the event and receive “one hundred percent support,” the White House does not intend to “add publicity” to the Games.
The boycott of the games has had broad support from politicians in Washington, although some Republicans have called for a complete boycott, including the withdrawal of American athletes from the event.
The resolution concerns the systematic persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in western China’s Xinjiang region, including with the mass incarceration of people in “re-education” camps and a policy of limiting the fertility of Uyghur women. According to the United States, these practices constitute genocide.
China responds to US boycott of Olympic Games
– China opposes boycott and has taken decisive measures – Reuters quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian as saying.
He described the US decision as a plot to disrupt the Olympic Games. “It is doomed to failure, which leads to a loss of moral authority and credibility,” Zhao said at a media briefing in the Chinese capital.
He called on the United States to stop bringing politics into the sport, adding that a boycott goes against Olympic rules.
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