Britain may boycott 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as diplomatic relations with China head for a freeze
MINISTERS may boycott Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics as diplomatic relations with China head for a freeze.
Rows over Covid-19, Hong Kong and Huawei may see royals and the Government snub the event.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing [/caption]
The stance would mirror that at the World Cup in Russia 2018 two months after the Novichok gas attack in Salisbury.
A senior minister said: “Awkward conversations are having to be had about it.”
On Tuesday night a government source insisted that no decision had yet been made.
However ex-Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith urged the Government to lobby the International Olympic Committee to change the venue.
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He said: “China is dictatorial, aggressive and intolerant. I don’t see how any self-respecting British citizen could go there to endorse this regime.
“From the torture and sterilisation of Uighur Muslims, to the smashing of the Sino-British agreement over Hong Kong.”
Alan Mendoza, of foreign policy think-tank The Henry Jackson Society, added: “Until China starts playing by the rules, the only salute we should be giving them is a two-fingered one.”
Iain Duncan Smith said China was ‘dictatorial and aggressive’[/caption]
Big Air Shougang, the venue for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing[/caption]
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