Countries that are conducting a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are on the rise. Photos/Illustrations
Canada’s decision to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics was conveyed directly by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau said Beijing would be aware of longstanding Western concerns about human rights in China.
“(So) it should come as no surprise that we decided not to send diplomatic representatives,” he said Reuters, Thursday (9/12/2021).
Trudeau’s decision looks certain to add to tensions with China due to the detention of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou under a US warrant.
A spokesperson for the Embassy China in Canada reacted immediately by accusing Trudeau of making false claims.
“Based on ideological bias as well as lies and rumours, Canada and some western countries have blatantly engaged in political maneuvering, with an attempt to disrupt the smooth running of the Beijing Olympics and Winter Paralympics,” the spokesman said in a written statement.
“Their awkward performances can hardly find support and are doomed to failure.”
While asked earlier in parliament whether his country would follow Washington’s lead, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There will be an effective diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, no ministers are expected to attend and no officials.”
“I don’t think that a boycott of sports makes sense and that remains government policy,” he added, suggesting British athletes would still be competing.