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Canada said on Wednesday it would join the United States and other countries in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. “With all the partners around the world, we are deeply concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference. “That’s why we are announcing today that we will not send any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games this winter.”

He said Canadian athletes would take part in the Games.

The move comes after the United States announced its diplomatic boycott on Monday, which Washington called China’s “genocide” of the Uighur minority in the Xinjiang region and other human rights abuses.

Australia and Britain also said on Wednesday that their officials would stay away.

The Allies have been at loggerheads with China over a range of issues, which have plunged relations into the most serious crisis since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

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Canada in particular has seen its relations with China in a deep freeze in response to the Canadian arrest on a US warrant of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, after two Canadian nationals were detained by Beijing.

All three were released in September and deported.

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