— Published 8 December 2021

Australia draws its diplomatic weapon as well.

Australia

Logical and expected. After the United States, Australia has announced its decision not to send an official delegation to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, explained the reasons for this diplomatic boycott, which has no effect on the participation of athletes in Olympic and Paralympic competitions. “This decision is in Australia’s national interest,” he said on Tuesday 7 December. “It is the right thing to do”. Scott Morrison also recalled that China had publicly criticised Australia’s efforts to develop its defence force in the region, “including, most recently, our decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines”. With less than two months to go before the opening of the Beijing Winter Games, two countries have already announced a diplomatic boycott. The others could follow. France, for its part, said it had taken “good note of the choice of the Americans” not to send an official representation to Beijing next February. But the Elysée did not give any indication of the position the French presidency planned to take. “We will coordinate at the European level,” the Elysée said. “When we have concerns about human rights, we tell the Chinese.”