India decides not to send a diplomatic delegation to the Beijing Olympics

The decision was made because the Chinese commander clashed with the Indian army.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI — India has decided not to send delegates to the opening and closing ceremonies Winter Olympics Beijing 2022. The move comes after a commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, involved in clashes with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley, took part as an Olympic torchbearer.

“It is unfortunate that the Chinese side has chosen to politicize events like the Olympics. I would like to inform that the Chargé d’Affaires of the Indian Embassy in Beijing will not attend the opening or closing of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday (3/2/2022). , quoted on the site. Anadolu Agency.

On September 7, 2020, Indian and Chinese troops clashed in the Ladakh region, precisely around Pangong Tso Lake. A warning shot was fired in the air. China and India accuse each other of doing this. A similar clash happened again on August 29, 2020.

On June 15 last year, Indian and Chinese soldiers also clashed in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. The incident resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers. While China would have made 40 victims, including a commander. After the clashes, China and India held talks at the diplomatic and military levels. The two countries have agreed to take steps to reduce border tensions.

India and China are linked by a de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The terrain along the LAC is known to consist of rivers, lakes and snow-capped cliffs. This makes the border between the two countries blurry and can move. As a result, Indian and Chinese border patrols often come into contact and often trigger fights or physical contact.

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