Britain considering ministerial boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics: The Telegraph

Both the US and Australia have announced diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain is considering approving limited government attendance at the Beijing Olympics that would stop short of a full diplomatic boycott, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday (Dec 8).

An outright ban on ministerial and diplomatic representation at the Winter Games remains a possibility, the report said.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britain had not yet decided on whether government representatives would attend the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

According to the newspaper, one option under consideration for ministers is to skip the Games, but for Ms Caroline Wilson, the country's ambassador to China, to attend.

An outright diplomatic boycott is supported in other quarters of government and is heavily backed by China hawks in Parliament, the report added.

On Tuesday, Australia announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The United States on Monday said its government officials will boycott the Beijing Olympics because of China's human rights "atrocities".

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