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UK considering diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics: The Times

Reuters November 20 | Updated on November 20, 2021

Under one option, British Ministers would not attend the Games although the ambassador to China would

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year in protest against China’s record on human rights, the Times reported on Saturday.

An “active discussion” in government is ongoing, with Foreign Minister Liz Truss said to be in favour of the boycott, the newspaper said.

Under one option, British Ministers would not attend the Games although the ambassador to China would, Times added.

Also see: Biden: US 'considering' diplomatic boycott of China Olympics

Five Conservative politicians wrote to Johnson urging him to ban any official UK diplomatic representation at the Winter Olympics in February, according to the report.

President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that the United States is also considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Published on November 20, 2021

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