Australia will join the United States in the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Morrison told reporters Dec. 8 that the Chinese government has not addressed a number of issues that have worsened relations with Australia, including human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.
“So it is no surprise that Australian government officials will not be going to China for these games. “But Australian athletes will take part.”
The Chinese embassy in Australia responded to the statement by saying that “Australia’s decision not to send officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics runs counter to public statements by the so-called hope that China-Australia relations can improve.”
The announcement from Australia came a day after the US announced it would not send officials to these games.