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Canada joins USA and allies in Winter Beijing Olympics boycott

Canada joins USA and allies in Winter Beijing Olympics boycott

Canada will join the USA, the U.K., and Australia in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights stress, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on 8th December.

The announcement came after the U.S., U.K., and Australian governments confirmed the diplomatic ban of the Winter Games in February to objection against Chinese human rights misuse. China has committed to react with "firm countermeasures." In recent months, Mr. Trudeau said his government talked with allies about it.

Mr. Trudeau said.

"We are extremely concerned by a repeated human rights violations by the Chinese Government,"

"They should not be shocked we will not be sent any diplomatic representation." The diplomatic moves by the U.S., Australia, Britain, and Canada do not affect their athletes' ability to take part in the games.

Rights groups have called for a full-blown ban of the Beijing Winter Games, citing Chinese human rights abuses against its Uyghur Muslim minority in the northwest Xinjiang Province, which some have called genocide. They also point to Beijing's crushing of democratic protests in Hong Kong and a sweeping crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous territory.

Canada joins USA and allies in Winter Beijing Olympics boycott 1Twitter image: @Beijing2022

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The White House confirmed on Monday that it was staging a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming games, and Australia followed suit on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying it was "in Australia national interest."

Relations between China and Canada have been poor since China arrested two Canadians in China in December 2018. Many countries labeled China's action "hostage politics," while China has described the charges against Meng and Huawei as a politically motivated attempt to hold back China's economy and technological development.

Mr. Trudeau said.

"Concerns around inconsistent detention are real and shared by many countries around the world,"

Mélanie Joly, Canadian Foreign Minister, said more countries need to take action.

"It is very important to send a strong sign to China," Ms. Joly said. "Human rights violations are not acceptable."

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