Vilnius: Lithuania on Friday confirmed diplomatic 2022 Boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, worrying about the human rights situation in China.
“Lithuania confirms Beijing’s diplomatic mission in 2022. boycott of the olympics. President @GitanNauseda has confirmed that he or his ministers will not be present, “the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for China (IPAC) said on Twitter.
This is happening by a human rights activist raising his voice against China’s detention of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang and the crackdown on democratic protests in Hong Kong.
You, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union have imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials and one company for alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The news of a diplomatic boycott comes at a time when China-Lithuania relations are deteriorating.
Relations between the two countries deteriorated this year when the Lithuanian government allowed the opening of a representative office in Taiwan. China recalled its ambassador from Vilnius in August, to which Lithuania responded in September.
It was not reported that Lithuanian companies had problems completing customs formalities in Chinese ports after China allegedly removed Lithuania from its customs systems.