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Netherlands will not ship diplomatic group to Beijing Olympics

THE HAGUE: The Netherlands is not going to ship an official diplomatic delegation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics due to COVID-19 restrictions, a overseas ministry spokesperson stated Friday (Jan 14).

“Due to the COVID-19 measures in place in China there would solely be restricted alternatives for (…) bilateral contacts with the host nation the place the Netherlands’ nice concern in regards to the human rights state of affairs may very well be mentioned in a significant manner,” Frits Kemperman advised Reuters.

The Dutch choice comes amid a US-led diplomatic boycott to protest in opposition to China’s human rights file, joined by Australia, Britain, Canada and Japan. China denies rights abuses and has condemned the boycott as betraying Olympic rules.

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