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Indian envoy to boycott Beijing winter Olympics ceremony as China makes Galwan soldier torchbearer

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Indian envoy will not attend the opening or closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday.

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As per the reports, China has chosen one of the soldiers involved in the Galwan Valley clash to be the torchbearer of the opening ceremonies in the Beijing Winter Olympics. The MEA further said that it was regrettable that China has “chosen to politicise” the games.

In an official statement, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi criticized the move and said, “Regrettable that China has chosen to politicise the Olympics. The Indian envoy will not attend the opening or closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.”

Several countries have already announced diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

The controversial torchbearer of the ceremonies has been identified as Qi Fabao, who, was captured in June 2020 by Indian forces when he tried to mount an attack on Indian forces in the Galwan Valley, said an investigative report by the Australian newspaper The Klaxon.

According to the report, 38 Chinese troops drowned in the early stages of the June 15-16 face-off between Indian and Chinese forces while attempting to cross the Galwan River in the dark.

Qi Fabao was leading the Chinese troop that was responsible for the attack on Indian forces on June 15,2020, in which Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was deployed in the Galwan Valley during Operation Snow Leopard, was killed.

The report draws heavily on research conducted by a group of unnamed social media researchers whose sources include Chinese bloggers, information obtained from mainland-based Chinese citizens and media reports that have since been deleted by Chinese authorities.

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