Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that his country would not send government officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China next year, following in the footsteps of the United States.

Morrison said on Wednesday that it would “come as no surprise that Australia will not be sending any official representatives to the forthcoming Winter Games in China,” citing alleged “human rights abuses in Xinjiang and many other issues that Australia has consistently raised.”

“We have been very pleased and very happy to talk to the Chinese Government about these issues and there’s been no obstacle to that occurring on our side,” he claimed. “But the Chinese government has consistently not accepted those opportunities for us to meet about these issues.” (RT)