By Dec. 8, Seven countries, including the United States, Lithuania, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Scotland, and New Zealand, had officially announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
1. The UK
Boris Johnson, The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced that Britain would boycott the diplomacy of the Beijing Winter Olympics. They will not send ministers or senior officials to the opening ceremony scheduled for Feb. 4 next year.
2. The U.S.
The White House on Monday, Dec. 6, announced that U.S. government officials would not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics as a protest against the CCP’s human rights violations.
Following The White House’s announcement, Australia issued a similar statement on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
Explaining Australia’s decision, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said,
“The human rights abuses in Xinjiang and many other issues that Australia has consistently raised–we have been very pleased and very happy to talk to the Chinese government [unelected] about these issues and there’s been no obstacle to that occurring on our side.
“But the Chinese government [unelected] has consistently not accepted those opportunities for us to meet about these issues.
“So it is not surprising, therefore, that Australian government officials would not be going to China for those Games.”
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau also announced on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Canada will boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics diplomatically. And he said he was highly concerned about the Chinese government’s [unelected] repeated human rights violations.
On the same day, the Scottish government acknowledged that Scotland would join the United States and other countries in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
6. New Zealand
In October, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Robertson said that they would not send ministerial officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Baltic nation was technically the first to publicly confirm its intention to boycott Beijing 2022 at an official level. On Dec. 3, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said neither he nor his ministers would be attending the Games.
Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida told the media that Japan would decide after weighing all the factors and has not announced an official statement on this matter.
At least 19 major countries such as India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and even Turkey are among several other nations that have refused to sign the ‘Olympic Truce’ with China. This time, these countries show their opinion toward the Chinese Communist Party by not signing the truce.
Western governments, including the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, are increasingly strongly condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses against the Uighurs in Xinjiang. Some even call it “genocide.” Western countries also expressed strong discontent with the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on democrats and dissidents in Hong Kong.