On Dec. 8, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Australia would not send officials or politicians to the North Olympic Winter Games to be held in Beijing in 2022.
Australia officially joined the list of countries boycotting diplomacy with the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Morrison said: “Australia will not be lenient in defending its interests, so it is only natural that we will not send Australian officials to the Olympics. It is not surprising.”
On Monday, Dec. 6, the United States said that Biden administration officials would boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics because of the China Communist Party (CCP)’s human rights atrocities.
The CCP announced that it would take countermeasures against this decision of the United States.
A few days ago, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced that New Zealand had decided not to send diplomats to the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, citing the epidemic.
The Sydney Morning Herald pointed out that Australia has accused the CCP of its human rights abuses and its treatment of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.
According to Reuters, a formal diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics could further strain the diplomatic relationship between Australia and China.
Australia not only banned Huawei from its 5G network in 2018 but also repeatedly proposed independent investigations into the virus’s origins in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the deterioration of China-Australia relations. In response, Beijing has imposed import duties on some Australian products.