UK government says ministers are not expected to attend Beijing Winter Olympics

London [UK], Nov 26 (ANI): Jacob Rees-Mogg, UK House of Commons Leader, confirmed Thursday that “no tickets have been booked” for UK government ministers to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The announcement was made in response to a question from MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, co-chair of the All-Party Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), on whether the UK government would announce a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing winter.

Jacob Rees-Mogg replied: “… It is up to the British Olympic Committee to decide whether the athletes go or not. As for the government ministers, if they want to go to the People’s Republic of China, I can say to the honorable gentleman “The announcement follows growing international momentum behind a diplomatic boycott of the Games, with the Biden administration supposed to announce that no U.S. government officials will attend the Games, the IPAC said in a statement. communicated.

The move comes amid global concern for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has only appeared in a series of staged announcements in Chinese state media since his disappearance following allegations sexual abuse brought against a senior Chinese Communist Party official.

IPAC, a multi-stakeholder network of some 200 international lawmakers, has led parliamentary action in more than 10 countries calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Games in response to the Chinese government’s human rights violations in the Uyghur region and to Hong Kong.

British MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “Today’s announcement that government ministers do not intend to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, while welcome, is not not yet a clear public statement. The Games will take place as the Chinese government engages in industrial-scale human human rights violations in the Uyghur region, Tibet and sends almost daily military incursions into the airspace of Taiwan Add to that their arrest of peaceful protesters for democracy in Hong Kong and the list of human rights violations is enormous.

“That is why the British government must now go further and publicly confirm that no British minister, diplomat or other official will attend the games. We cannot grant any legitimacy to the Chinese despotic regime.” (ANI)

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