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the United Kingdom in turn announces a « diplomatic boycott »

Boycotts are on the increase. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday, December 8 in his turn a « Diplomatic boycott » of the Beijing Winter Olympics, to which « No minister » of his government does not plan to surrender. The United States and Australia have already announced earlier this week a similar measure for the Games, which will begin on February 4.

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Before the deputies, the head of the Conservative government stressed that London regularly raised with Beijing the question of respect for human rights by the Chinese regime, in particular the treatment inflicted on the Uighur Muslim minority. « We regularly raise these matters with the Chinese and I did so myself with President Xi when I spoke to him recently », said Boris Johnson.

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Anger and contempt

The announcement of the US decision angered Beijing. The same decision, taken by Australia, has sparked its, Chinese diplomacy believing that « Everyone does not care » whether or not Canberra is sending official representatives.

According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uighurs and members of other Turkish-speaking minorities, mainly Muslims, are being held in camps in Xinjiang. China is accused of authoritatively sterilizing women there and of imposing forced labor. Beijing says the camps are in fact vocational training centers intended to keep their residents away from radicalization.

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