South Korea not Considering Beijing Olympics Boycott

President Moon Jae-in said South Korea is not considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

“The South Korean government is not considering (a boycott),” Moon said at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison after bilateral summit talks in Canberra on Monday.

Moon added that the United States or any other nation, has not asked South Korea to join the boycott.

Last week, the United States announced it would not send an official delegation to the Olympics in February over concerns about China’s human rights abuses.

The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia soon followed suit.

According to Moon, South Korea would maintain both relationships.

“South Korea makes its alliance with the U.S. the foundation of its diplomacy and national security, but in economic terms, its relationship with China is also very important,” Moon said.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China “positively recognizes” Moon’s statement that Korea isn’t considering a diplomatic boycott.

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