UK Mulls Boycotting 2022 Beijing Olympics

The United Kingdom is considering approving limited government presence in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as various countries stage diplomatic boycotts on the event over human rights issues in China.

Downing Street is still weighing out options but an outright ban on diplomatic representation remains a possibility, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

An option under consideration, the newspaper added, would be for ministers to skip the Games except for Caroline Wilson, the U.K. Ambassador to China.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Tuesday that Britain is still yet to decide on its attendance in the Games.

Britain has been expected to decide whether or not to boycott the Games after the United States had announced that it will not send any diplomats to the Games for “crimes against humanity in Xinjiang” by Beijing.

Australia, New Zealand, and Lithuania are among other countries that have joined the diplomatic boycott on China’s Winter Olympics, although their athletes will still compete.

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