China says UK will 'inevitably pay' for olympic boycott
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The Prime Minister confirmed on Wednesday an “effective boycott” will be in place for the February Winter Olympic Games following major concerns over alleged human rights abuses of the Uyghur Muslim population in China’s Western Xinjiang province. But the move has sparked threats of retaliations on the UK, as well as Australia, the USA and Canada who have also announced diplomatic boycotts.
Speaking at a conference on Thursday, Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, declared the diplomatic ban will be punished by China.
He said: “The US, Britain, Australia and Canada are facing a loss of moral authority…
“And credibility by using the Olympics as a platform for politics!”
He claimed: “Their self-isolation will inevitably pay the price for these mistaken acts!”
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Following the move, Boris Johnson said the Government has “no hesitation” in raising concerns over the alleged human rights abuses.
He said: “No ministers are expected to attend and no officials.
“What I can tell the House is I don’t think sporting boycotts are sensible and that remains the policy of the Government.”
Despite other western nations staging boycotts, France have refused to follow suit.
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Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV: “France will not do it… Sports is a world in itself, which must be protected from political interference.
“Otherwise… we can end up by killing the competition.”
Japan may also join the boycott, while New Zealand will not be sending diplomats due to fears of COVID-19.
While Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invite from China’s President Xi Jinping – despite Russia being barred from the Olympics following the 2014 doping scandal.
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The boycotts come amid claims China has built hundreds of so-called “re-education” centres across Xinjiang to detain millions of Uyghurs.
But allegations of systematic rape, torture, forced sterilisation and slavery have emerged from witnesses of those who have been detained in the camps.
The UN has been banned from visiting the camps.
The Chinese Communist Party maintain the existence of the camps is to reduce the supposed terror threat in the region.
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