fredag 10. desember 2021

Beijing Winter Olympics boycott is insignificant, says Macron

France has no plans to join a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, President Emmanuel Macron has said. Mr Macron said any such move would be insignificant and merely symbolic. The US, UK, Canada and Australia have said they will not send government representatives to the February games because of concerns over China's human rights record. This includes allegations of abuse against Uyghurs and other minorities.

Relations are also strained over a crackdown on political freedoms in Hong Kong and concerns about Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who was not seen for weeks after she accused a top government official of sexual assault. China says countries that boycott the games "will pay the price for their mistaken acts". Meanwhile United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he had accepted an invitation to attend the opening of the games.