EU hesitates over possible Olympic boycott in China

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FILE PHOTO: A staff member walks past a safety lantern carrying the Olympic flame of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics near giant Olympic Rings, on a display podium inside the Olympic Tower, in Beijing, China December 10, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BRUSSELS – France and the Netherlands are seeking to find a common European Union approach over a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in China but any decision is unlikely to be reached soon, diplomats and foreign ministers said on Monday.

The bloc is torn over whether to join the United States, Canada, Australia and Britain in deciding not to send their government officials to the Beijing Winter Games in February due to concerns over China’s human rights record.

“You know as well as I do that we will not find a solution regarding the Olympic Games today or this week,” Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said…

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