British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday the diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing in February, in line with the reprisals already taken by other countries such as the US and Australia.
Before the House of Commons, Johnson announced that no British authority would be attending the upcoming sporting event on behalf of London, which “effectively” amounts to a diplomatic boycott. In no event will the measure affect the participation of UK journalists.
The Chinese government has deplored the positions of several Western governments, mainly concerned with the restriction of rights and freedoms in the Asian giant and cases like the one in Xinjiang, in which the United States is perpetrating genocide against the Uighur people.
At the European level, only Lithuania has taken the step, while other EU governments such as the French or German have pleaded for coordination. Italy has the most difficult role as it will host the next Winter Olympics, which are scheduled for 2026.