fredag 26. november 2021

Australia mulls major move against China: 'Somebody has to'

China has reacted angrily to reports Australia is considering a diplomatic boycott of Beijing's Winter Olympics, warning such a move would be unsuccessful and be unfair to the athletes. A raft of MPs are urging the Morrison government to boycott the event next year, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian issued a warning to Australia on Thursday evening when pressed on the report. "China firmly rejects politicisation of sports and violation of the spirit of the Olympic Charter, which only undermine the interests of athletes from all countries," he said. "The attempt at a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics is doomed to fail. China has reiterated many times that the Beijing Winter Games is a stage for all winter sports athletes around the world. It is them that should be in the spotlight."