On Wednesday, December 8, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, joining governments United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Regarding the decision, Trudeau announced at a press conference: “We are deeply concerned about the human rights violations of the Chinese government.”
The procedure will only result in a government representative not traveling to ChinaWith Canadian athletes not being banned from participating in the Games that They start on February 4, 2022.
Last Monday, the United States announced the boycott, and this Wednesday it loaned Australia and the United Kingdom.
“It is important that you engage the allies in the world when you have an anti-China approach,” he said. Trudeau confirmed.
Relations between Canada and China experienced moments of tension, and both countries I just got out of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis Related to the arrest of the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei in December 2018.
The Chinese authorities responded with retaliatory measures to this situation.
The announcement of a diplomatic boycott of Washington angered the Chinese government, which responded with disdain to the same move by Australia.
Chinese diplomacy claimed that “Nobody cares” whether or not Canberra sends official representatives to the Games.
According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been imprisoned in camps in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government is also accused of imposing forced labor and sterilization.