The United States said government officials would boycott the Games in the Chinese capital over China’s human rights abuses, just weeks after talks to ease tense relations between the world’s two largest economies.
In response, China warned that the US would “pay the price” for its action, but did not provide any details.
When asked in parliament, the British Prime Minister if the country would follow in the footsteps of the United States, replied: “There will be a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, no ministers or officials will take part in it.”
“I don’t think a sports boycott is a sensible solution, and that’s the government’s policy,” added Boris Johnson, clearly showing athletes will be competing in the Chinese capital.
Earlier on Wednesday, a diplomatic boycott announced Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which is unable to clear up some issues with the Middle Kingdom, including alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang area and Beijing’s actions against Australian imports.
“So it is not surprising that Australian officials will not travel to China for these games. But Australian athletes will,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney.