Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned Wednesday that Australia will be part of the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Video games over human rights issues
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned Wednesday that Australia will be part of the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Video games over human rights issues.
“I’m doing it as a result of it’s in Australia’s nationwide curiosity,” Morrison mentioned. “It’s the correct factor to do.”
He mentioned Australian athletes would nonetheless be capable of compete.
He mentioned his authorities was very completely satisfied to speak to China about their variations.
“There’s been no impediment to that occurring on our facet, however the Chinese language authorities has constantly not accepted these alternatives for us to satisfy,” Morrison mentioned.
Rights teams have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the video games, accusing China of rights abuses in opposition to ethnic minorities. The U.S. and Australian selections fall in need of these calls however come at an exceptionally turbulent time for worldwide relations and have been met with a barrage of criticism from China.
The Australian Olympic Committee mentioned the preparations for the 40 or so Australian athletes anticipated to compete on the video games wouldn’t be impacted by Morrison’s announcement.
“Getting the athletes to Beijing safely, competing safely and bringing them residence safely stays our biggest problem,” mentioned Matt Carroll, the committee’s chief govt.
“Our Australian athletes have been coaching and competing with this Olympic dream for 4 years now and we’re doing every little thing in our energy to make sure we can assist them succeed,” Carroll mentioned in an announcement.