Adelaide : Australia announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, joining the US in forgoing official representation at the coming event in the latest show of strained tensions between Australia and China.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said Australian government officials wouldn’t attend the Games, citing discord between the countries as well as China’s campaign of forcible assimilation against religious minorities in the country’s northwestern region of Xinjiang.
“I’m doing it because it’s in Australia’s national interest; it’s the right thing to do, full stop,” said Mr. Morrison.
The Chinese Embassy in Canberra said the decision runs counter to Australia’s stated aim of improving relations between the two countries. They were frayed by Mr. Morrison’s call last year for an international investigation into the first outbreak of Covid-19, in central China.