Canada, UK announce political boycott of China Winter Olympics, imitating US

Canada, UK announce political boycott of China Winter Olympics, imitating US

Canada and Britain have announced a political boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, following similar decisions by the United States and Australia over alleged human rights violations in China.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, saying the country’s decision not to send an official delegation to the Games should not “come as a surprise to China” given long-standing Western concerns over alleged Chinese rights abuses.

“We have been very clear over the past many years of our deep concerns around human rights violations and this is a continuation of us expressing our deep concerns for human rights violations,” he said.

However, he stressed that Canadian athletes would still be participating in the premier global sporting event.

Following the announcement, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada accused Trudeau of making false claims.

“Based on ideological biases as well as…

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