Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Australia has said it will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to “human rights abuses” in China’s Xinjiang province and “many other issues that Australia has consistently raised”. Athletes would still attend, he added. China has condemned the US announcement and threatened to retaliate, without giving further details.