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U.S. allies join Beijing Olympics protest


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces Canada’s boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Associated Press/Photo by Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

U.S. allies join Beijing Olympics protest

Australian, British, and Canadian officials will join American diplomats in boycotting the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. All four countries will allow their athletes to compete but will buck the tradition of sending a political delegation. They are protesting China’s human rights abuses, especially of the Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang region.

What does China say? Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China would respond with “resolute countermeasures” but offered no details. Thomas Bach, chairman of the International Olympic Committee, sidestepped questions about China’s human rights record, saying, “We have our full focus on the athletes. … The rest is politics.”

Dig deeper: Read Erica Kwong’s report on the disappearance of Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis player who accused a Communist Party official of sexual assault.


Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.

@kentcovington

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Big Jim

Glad to see all the Leftists are on board for this hard-hitting action against a monstrous regime. I'm sure the Chinese are quaking in their boots. Is this what they mean by a "paper tiger?"

MTJanet

It is a protest without any teeth - the athletes should not be going. Period. The abuses are not just inhumane treatment; people are dying. It seems pathetic to merely keep the officials from going - no one cares about them anyway.