India To Skip Winter Olympics Inaugural Over Galwan Soldier Row

New Delhi- India on Thursday announced that its chargé d’affaires in the Beijing embassy will not attend the opening or closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital over China honouring a military commander involved in the Galwan Valley clashes as its torchbearer for the mega sporting event.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi described the Chinese action of honouring the commander as “regrettable”.

India’s chargé d’affaires in the Beijing embassy will not be attending the opening or closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Bagchi said at a media briefing.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) regiment commander involved in the June 15, 2020 clash with India in Galwan Valley was chosen by China to carry the Winter Olympic torch in Beijing.

The eastern Ladakh border row escalated after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15, 2020.

Twenty Indian Army personnel laid down their lives in the clashes that marked the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades.

In February last year, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in the clashes with the Indian Army though it is widely believed that the death toll was higher.

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One Response to "India To Skip Winter Olympics Inaugural Over Galwan Soldier Row"

  1. SaziaShifa  February 4, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Welcome step taken by the Indian government. The boycott should happen much earlier because CCP continues genocide on Uyghurs & forces Uyghur Women’s for mass sterilization, forcing them to take birth control or have abortions, and if they resist putting them in camps. The global response to the Uyghur genocide has been increasing, Some governments, such as Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan & the US, have imposed targeted and other sanctions on CCP officials & India should also join these nations on the Ughyur genocide.

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