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Canada has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Games in Beijing

Canada has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Games in Beijing

London, Dec 8 (DASR) – Canada has joined the list of states diplomatically boycotting the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday. The United Kingdom, Australia and Lithuania also supported the boycott on the same day.

“Like many (our) partners around the world, we are deeply concerned about repeated human rights abuses by the Chinese government.” The Canadian Prime Minister told a news conference.

That is why we announce today that we will not be sending any embassy officials to the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Beijing this winter. Trudeau added that Canadian athletes will compete in the Games.

The AFP recalled that Canada had joined the United States and other allies in the diplomatic boycott of the event.

The United States on Monday announced a boycott against China’s “genocide” and other human rights abuses against Uyghur minorities in the Xinjiang region. With the exception of Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom joined them on Wednesday.

Canada-China relations have reached a stalemate over the detention of two Canadian nationals by Beijing. It came in response to the arrest of Meng Wanjo, the daughter of a Hawaiian founder, based on a U.S. arrest warrant in Canada. All three were released and deported in September, AFP recalls.

According to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, no minister will attend the event. “We will join the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Said during the House of Commons session of the British Parliament: “As I did in my last interview with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the government will not hesitate to focus on this issue.The British Prime Minister added.

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China has long faced criticism for human rights abuses. In connection with the boycott two days ago, US officials said the Chinese government’s actions against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region were considered genocide and crimes against humanity. Many human rights groups have called for a complete boycott of the Beijing Games.