Torch of Galwan Shame at Beijing Olympics

Many countries are boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics as the Chinese president plans to use it not only to whitewash his genocidal regime but also to flag his personal victory at the Galwan valley in June 2020

By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch


Since Xi Jinping became the president of China on March 14, 2013, he has been following the footsteps of Adolf Hitler, be it the iron control, barbarity, genocide, establishing Auschwitz-style concentration camps in Xinjiang for Uyghur and Muslims, genetic research to improve the Han race, research in biological weapons (viruses), biologically bombing the world with the Wuhan Virus and wholesale marketing of human organs of dissenters – including Peng Shuai. Through such actions, Xi has earned the title of 21st century Hitler, or more appropriately ‘Xitler’.

George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundation, warned recently while speaking at Stanford University, California, that Xi Jinping is using the 2022 Olympics in the same way Third Reich Führer Adolf Hitler did in 1936 “to win a propaganda victory for his system of strict control.” Soros wanted Xi Jinping to leave the post of head of state and said, “This will remove the biggest threat that open societies face today, and they must do everything in their power to encourage China to move in the desired direction.”

Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States were the first to diplomatically boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics over China’s poor human rights record. Athletes from these countries are taking part but government representatives will not be present in the Olympics. Totally, 10 countries have diplomatically boycotted the Beijing Winter Olympics, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, India, Kosovo, Lithuania, Taiwan, Britain and America. In addition, 11 countries decided against sending government representatives to the Olympics; Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

On February 27, 2021, top Republican leaders, including Indian-American Nikki Haley, accused China of ‘horrific’ abuse of human rights and demanded that the US should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. They also called on the International Olympic Committee to select a new venue for the event. Haley said, “It is no secret that China wants to use the Winter Olympics as part of its massive communist propaganda. We cannot sit back and watch China use the Olympics to cover up its horrific human rights abuses. We need to stand up to China, and we need to do it now. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and sign our petition calling on President Biden to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. If America participates in the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Chinese Communist Party will claim it as further proof of China’s good global standing and world leadership.”

For the surprise attack on the Indian soldiers on June 15, 2020, at Galwan, specially-trained gladiators were flown in from Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping began rehearsing the PLA for the aggression in Ladakh in 2014 on a life-sized land model of Ladakh in interior Tibet

The coalition of groups, regional associations in support of Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Uighur community in Xinjiang, says the hopes expressed in 2015 that awarding Beijing the Games would be a catalyst for progress have faded.

What George has said recently is no different from what Nikki Haley and other Republicans had said earlier. But a diplomatic boycott is only symbolic given that athletes, advertisers, the media, and visitors from many countries are still attending the event; and 84 nations are participating in this Winter Olympics. The China Communist Party anyway does not have ‘shame’ in its lexicon, same as its rodents swarming Chinese embassies all over the world. Besides, this is no boycott despite China releasing viruses, compared to the US-led 65-nation boycott of the 1979 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

China accused the US of ‘politicizing sports’ when Washington announced the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. But China did worse with Xi Jinping’s plan to use the Beijing Olympics (as Hitler did in 1936) not only to whitewash his genocidal regime but also to flag his personal victory at Galwan in June 2020 – perhaps also to soften the kick that Vietnam delivered to China in 1979 while Xi was a secretary in China’s ministry of national defence, was part of the offensive planning.

Xitler had appointed his blue-eyed boy General Zhao Zonggi as commander of China’s Western Theatre Command (WTC) on February 1, 2016, specifically keeping in mind the offensive in Eastern Ladakh during May-June 2020. For the surprise attack on the Indian Army troops with swords, clubs and maces with barbed wire wrapped around them on June 15, 2020 at Galwan, specially-trained gladiators were flown in from Beijing. The surprise attack on Colonel Suresh Babu and three others checking the dismantling of PLA’s illegal construction in the PP14 area, as agreed to earlier, is well known, as is the night-long fight between Indian patrols and the PLA on June 15-16. Both sides took prisoners (one PLA major among other soldiers captured by the Indian Army) who were exchanged subsequently.

India acknowledged that 20 Indian Army personnel died that night at Galwan. China initially was mum about the PLA casualties but after a few days stated that only four PLA soldiers were killed at Galwan. Since then, Beijing has been trumpeting PLA’s so-called triumph at Galwan through various fake videos; though presently PLA personnel are unable to cope with the high altitude deployment and falling sick in dozens – chocolate-cream soldiers.

PLA commander Qi Fabao, who suffered a serious head injury during the Galwan Valley border skirmish on June 15, 2020, is one of the torch-bearers for the Beijing Olympics

In the same vein of false bravado, Qi Fabao, the regimental commander of PLA’s Xinjiang military command, who suffered a serious head injury during the Galwan Valley border skirmish on June 15, 2020, was detailed as a torch-bearer for the Beijing Olympics – obviously under Xitler’s personal directions. This led to India diplomatically boycotting the Beijing Olympics. Following this, Bob Menendez, the chair of America’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted: “I applaud India for joining the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. We stand with all countries that reject the CCP’s heinous human rights abuses and cold-blooded effort to turn the #Olympics2022 into a political victory lap.” Separately, the US State Department reiterated its concerns about China’s ongoing attempts to ‘intimidate its neighbours’, and said that it stands with its friends, partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific.

Qi Fabao took the flame from Wang Meng, China’s Olympic short track speed skating champion, at Winter Olympic Park on February 2, 2022. But little did Xitler know that his ‘Torch of Galwan Fame’ carried by Qi Fabao would become the ‘Torch of Galwan Shame’.

In a shocking revelation, the Australian newspaper The Klaxon, citing a new report prepared by a group of social media researchers, has said that at least 38 PLA troops drowned while crossing a fast-flowing, sub-zero river in darkness at Galwan. This takes the PLA casualties at Galwan to at least 42 including the four acknowledged by China. According to the report, out of the four soldiers that China officially confirmed died, only one – Junior Sergeant Wang Zhuoran – is reported as having drowned. The report followed a year-long investigation involving discussions with mainland Chinese bloggers, information obtained from mainland-based Chinese citizens and media reports that have since been deleted by Chinese authorities.

The findings by the Australian newspaper The Klaxon should set us thinking about why such research was not undertaken in India?

But Xitler will be continuing with his all-around aggression till he meets the fate of Adolf Hitler. There are reports of the Winter Olympics in Beijing getting off to an awkward start as Dutch reporter Den Daas reporting on the event was suddenly accosted by Chinese security guards wearing red armbands without warning, yelling and pushing him aggressively. It appears Xitler’s rotten genes have travelled to the lowest.

The findings by The Klaxon should set us thinking about why such research was not undertaken in India? The fact that Xi had been rehearsing the PLA for the aggression in Ladakh since 2014 on a life-sized land model of Ladakh in interior Tibet too was first reported by Australian researchers along with satellite imagery of the exercise area. Should this not have been India’s focus?

How many papers has the DRDO published, if any at all, compared to China’s Academy of Sciences and other similar research establishments? What about our Rashtriya Raksha Academy at Ahmedabad, Gujarat converted from a police establishment instead of the Indian National Defence University (INDU), the foundation stone laid at Binola, Gurgaon (Haryana) by the then prime minister on May 23, 2013.


-The author is a veteran of the Indian Army. Views expressed are personal.