Scott Morrison confirms Australia will follow the US and not send diplomats to Beijing

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Scott Morrison confirms Australia will follow the US and not send diplomats to Beijing

Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia will follow the lead of the US on a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Speaking to the media in Sydney, Mr Morrison said while Australian athletes would attend the games, officials would not.

“The human rights abuses in Xinjiang and many other issues that Australia has consistently raised, we have been very pleased and very happy to talk to the Chinese Government about these issues and there’s been no obstacle to that occurring on our side,” Mr Morrison said.

“But the Chinese Government has consistently not accepted those opportunities for us to meet about these issues.

“So it is not surprising, therefore, that Australian Government officials would, therefore, not be going to China for those Games. Australian athletes will, though.”

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