China regularly denounces what it calls the politicization of the Olympics, including a diplomatic boycott that the United States has attempted to organize. However, China’s selection of one of the first out of 1,200 torchbearers made an impression ethnic note: a colonel who fought with Indian forces at the western end of the Himalayas.
Colonel Qi Fabao, a regiment commander in the Chinese army, carried the torch on Wednesday, the first day of a three-day tour in and near Beijing. He suffered a four-inch slash on his inner forehead Deadly border fighting with India in 2020.
China’s selection of Colonel Qi was quickly denounced by the Indian government, on Thursday night that the top diplomat at its embassy in Beijing would not attend the opening or closing ceremonies of the Games. festival.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for New Delhi’s foreign ministry, said at a press conference: “It is truly regrettable that the Chinese side has chosen to politicize an event like the Olympics.
He did not mention whether Indian officials would be able to attend other events during the Games, nor was he asked if India would support the boycott of the Games. Association organized by the US or not.
India’s public broadcaster, Doordarshan, announced on Thursday evening that it would also not broadcast the opening or closing ceremony.
India has admitted 20 deaths and China has admit four deaths in the war, that takes place in the Galwan Valley. China then awarded the honorary title to Border Guard Hero Colonel Qi and four Chinese soldiers died in the fighting.
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, responded to a question about Colonel Qi at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday by noting that an injured British veteran who had fought in Afghanistan was torches are allowed at the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
But Colonel Qi’s comparison to a Western soldier who lost both of his legs while fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan may well not apply to India. India has supported the Afghan government for many years against the Taliban.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/sports/olympics/china-torch-colonel-qi-fabao-india.html One of China’s options for torchbearer was an army commander who clashed with India