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Politicising exchanges

  • Published
    25th Sep, 2023

Context:

India-China tensions at the Asian Games due to the last-minute denial of entry to Indian athletes have again put a strain in relations between both the countries.

Asian Games Opening marred by Political Disputes

  • Indian Minister's Protest: Indian Sports Minister cancelled his China visit in protest after three Indian Wushu players were denied entry.
  • Last-Minute Denial: Athletes from Arunachal Pradesh faced last-minute entry denials, revealing ongoing political tensions.
  • Visa Issue: Beijing's move to bar their travel, despite digital accreditations, highlights tensions and strained relations.

Sports Events Used for Political Gains

  • Geopolitical Posturing: China's use of sporting events for political messaging, like selecting Galwan Valley commander as a torchbearer.
  • Organizers' Complicity: Event organizers often overlook such actions due to China's host and financial support status.
  • Distrust and Lack of Communication: The incident underscores the distrust in bilateral relations and the need for improved communication.

Ongoing Border Disputes

  • Border Dispute: The denial of entry highlights unresolved issues, including border disputes and visa problems.
  • Restoring Normalcy: New Delhi emphasizes that normalizing relations requires addressing the Line of Actual Control and border peace.
  • Prolonged Standoff: Until Beijing revisits its stance on the border issue, the strained India-China relationship will persist.
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