India’s announcement: The Ambassador will not attend the opening-closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in China, Doordarshan will also not broadcast.
The decision of the Ministry of External Affairs in protest against China’s decision to make a soldier involved in an encounter with the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley an Olympic torchbearer.
India’s foreign ministry announced that its ambassador to China will not attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. China had given the Olympic torch to a soldier who had been involved in the Galwan Valley encounter with the Indian Army. Global Times reported this on Wednesday, after which India expressed its displeasure at Dragon’s action and announced a ‘symbolic’ diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics.
The spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry said when asked about China awarding the Winter Olympic torch to the commander of the Galwan Valley, “We have seen reports about this. We regret that China has politicized an event like the Olympics. The event will not be televised.”
In the Galwan Valley encounter, 20 Indian soldiers were killed
Significantly, on 15 June 2020, the regiment commander of the People’s Liberation Army involvement in the conflict in Galvan Valley will be the torchbearer for the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The border dispute in eastern Ladakh escalated after the conflict in Galwan Valley on 15 June 2020. Twenty soldiers of the Indian Army were killed during this conflict. China’s military acknowledged that five of its officers and soldiers had been martyred in February of last year.
Raised the issue of torture of the kidnapped boy from Arunachal with China
Likewise, Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, responded to the issue of torture of the kidnapped teenager from Arunachal. We have raised this issue with China and have asked for an answer. A few days ago, a boy was kidnapped by Chinese soldiers from the border of Arunachal Pradesh. After pressure from the army, China handed over Kishor to Coven Damai on 27 January.
The Quad’s foreign ministers will meet in February
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said that the foreign ministers of the Quad countries (the USA, India, Japan, and Australia) will meet later this month in Melbourne. More information will be released soon. In February 2021, the meeting of foreign ministers of the Quad countries was conducted virtually.
Answer is given on Pegasus issue
On the other hand, the Ministry of External Affairs said that a committee appointed by the Supreme Court is investigating the purchase of Pegasus from Israel. We have no information on this. During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel in 2017, seven MoUs were signed, the details of which are public.