Just hours before the opening ceremony of Beijing winter Olympics games starts, India said that it will not send any officials to attend either the opening ceremony or closing ceremony which starts on Friday at 8: pm Beijing time.
In a statement released, India called Beijing’s move to pick a Chinese soldier involved in golwan valley incident as an Olympic torchbearer ” regrettable”. This means New Delhi will officially boycott the Olympics at diplomatic level although it will send altheltes for the event.
China and India come close to full conflict in mid-June 2020 when Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed leading to 20 Indian soldiers being killed including 79 seriously injured, 4 Chinese soldiers also lost their lives and unknown number of soldiers who sustained injuries.
Indian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said ” it is indeed regrettable that the Chinese side have chosen to politicize an event like the Olympics, the charge d’affairs embassy of India in Beijing will not be attending the opening or closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 winter Olympics”.
This comes after recently Indian media reported that an Indian teenage Tora,17 was captured and tortured by China’s PLA soldiers who was then released on January 18 to be reunited with his parents at zido village. His father says the teenage was kicked several times and he was given electric shock by Chinese soldiers.
India said that the matter has been taken up with the Chinese side and the foreign affairs ministry referred to anyone who wanted to know more to contact India ministry of defence since it has taken the matter.
India joins other countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia and Japan who have diplomatically boycotted Beijing 2022 winter Olympics games opening and closing ceremony although they also sent altheltes for the event.
US confused the public when it announced it’s boycott of Beijing 2022 winter Olympics games but days later requested China to clear US officials as diplomats to attend the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics as security officers.
About 30 heads of states will attend Beijing 2022 winter Olympics, including the president of Russia Putin, UN general Secretary, prime minister of Pakistan, president of Singapore, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia and many more of which many have already arrived in Beijing.
Up to 3000 altheltes and officials are expected to attend the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and hundreds of millions of people around the world are expected to watch the opening ceremony of Beijing winter Olympics games on Friday.