UK PM considering diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics in Beijing: Report

The sun sets behind a building topped with the Olympic rings, in Shougang park near the Olympic venues of the Beijing 2022 winter games, in Beijing, China, on Oct 26, 2021.
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LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year in protest at China's record on human rights, the Times reported Saturday (Nov 20).

An "active discussion" in government is ongoing, with Foreign Minister Liz Truss said to be in favour of the boycott, the newspaper said.

Under one option, British ministers would not attend the Games, although the ambassador to China would, Times added.

Five Conservative politicians wrote to Johnson urging him to ban any official UK diplomatic representation at the Winter Olympics in February, according to the report.

President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that the United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

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