Australia is considering not sending any government officials to the Winter Olympics; to be held in Beijing next year amid growing calls from lawmakers for an official diplomatic boycott; the Sydney Morning Herald said in a report on Thursday.
Australian politicians from the ruling Liberal-National coalition and the opposition Labor party are urging the federal government to boycott the event; which will be held in February, the newspaper reported without citing a source.
Australia`s foreign affairs department did not respond to a request seeking comment.
President Joe Biden last week said the United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics; a move that would be aimed at protesting China`s human rights record, including what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims.
Britain has not yet made any decision on who will represent its government at the Olympics but Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not support the idea of boycotts, said his spokesman earlier this week.
The trilateral deal riled China, the major rising power in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australia`s relationship with China; its largest trading partner, soured after it banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from its 5G broadband network in 2018 and called for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
Beijing responded by imposing tariffs on several Australian commodities.