According to Reuters, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia would join the diplomatic boycott announced on Monday by the U.S. against the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games because of the human rights abuses committed by the communist regime in China against its people.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki had announced the boycott on Monday, saying, “The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic games given [China’s] ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated Wednesday that, “There will be effectively a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, no ministers are expected to attend and no officials.”
“I do not think that sporting boycotts are sensible and that remains the policy of the government,” he added.
Meanwhile, as reported by Al Jazeera, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on the same day that the move comes after exhausting diplomatic channels with China to discuss their differences and human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang.
For his part Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, told reporters Wednesday, “Many partners around the world are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government [unelected]. That’s why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympics.”
Following the message issued Monday by the White House, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) immediately reacted by warning Biden that “China will take firm countermeasures” if the U.S. goes ahead with the plan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mocked the diplomatic boycott by saying publicly that U.S. officials were never invited to the Olympics anyway.
The Biden Administration’s move against the Beijing Olympics had been raised by several U.S. politicians as a way of denouncing and pressuring the regime to end its genocides.
One of them is Senator Ted Cruz, who, while agreeing with a diplomatic boycott, said, as Breitbart noted, that Biden should do more to expose the regime’s atrocities and that U.S. companies should not advertise at the Beijing Games.
“I would do more than a diplomatic boycott,” he said, adding, “I think we go and speak the truth. We go and highlight China’s oppression. We go and tell the world about what’s happening. And that courage is something the Biden administration doesn’t want to do, doesn’t like to do. That courage is something American corporations are terrified to do.”
“I think everything we can do to shine a light on the atrocities of China, on the murder, on the torture, on the genocide, on the concentration camps, I think everything we can do is good and positive,” he said.
However, he stated that he disagrees with what some people are proposing about making a total boycott and preventing U.S. athletes from traveling, “I don’t think it’s fair to punish our athletes,” he said.
This joint action by the U.S. and the other countries that joined the diplomatic boycott, while perhaps somewhat tepid, helps expose what is happening in China under the genocidal CCP. Moreover, it could be a catalyst for more nations to call on China to stop the brutal persecution of innocent people such as Falun Dafa practitioners, Uighurs, Tibetans, Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities.