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Beijing Winter Olympics

Indian envoy to skip Olympic ceremonies over torchbearer row

China picks commander involved in deadly border clash to carry the torch

India blasted China for selecting Qi Fabao, a regimental commander who was involved in the June 2020 clash with India in Galwan Valley, as one of its Olympic torchbearers. (Photo taken from Global Times tweet)   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's envoy to China will not attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, a day after China honored a military commander involved in the violent 2020 Galwan Valley clash as a torchbearer of the event.

"It is indeed regrettable that the Chinese side has chosen to politicize an event like the Olympics," Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, told a media briefing in response to questions on the issue. "I wish to inform that our charge d'affaires of the embassy of India in Beijing will not be attending the opening or the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics."

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