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India boycotts Beijing Winter Olympics

India boycotts Beijing Winter Olympics

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China’s pronouncement to field PLA Galwan commander as Olympic torchbearer furies New Delhi; no envoy will epitomize India at the opening and closing ceremonies, DoorDharshan cancels live broadcast of ceremonies, where India has one athlete, skier Arif Khan, participating.

Terming China’s decision to field a People’s Liberation Army soldier involved in the June 2020 Galwan clashes as the torchbearer for the Winter Olympics Games in Beijing as “regrettable” The decision came after Chinese media reports identified Qi Fabao, a PLA regiment commander who received military honors for the Galwan clashes, where he was injured, as one of about 1,200 runners bearing the torch at a relay in Beijing.

China’s decision to field him and New Delhi’s announcement of its first-ever political boycott of Olympic games are likely to increase India-China tensions that have risen since PLA aggression along the Line of Actual Control began in April 2020.

India had earlier expressed support for the Beijing Olympics, even as more than a dozen countries, led by the United States, had announced a boycott of the games.

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