India and Russia support Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics according to Chinese state media

The alleged support comes at time when China is facing a potential diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Pool
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Pool

An opinion piece written by Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet, claimed the foreign ministers of India and Russia have expressed their support for China hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The position was reportedly reached during the 18th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China, Russia, and India.

The Global Times pointed to a snippet from the joint statement issued after meeting to support their claim. The statement reads, “the ministers expressed their support to China to host the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The alleged support of India and Russia comes at a time when calls for a diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 continue to reverberate around the West and beyond.

It’s been reported that countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Lithuania are considering such a boycott.

The calls for a boycott stem from allegations of human rights abuses against the Chinese government, as well as the recent censorship and disappearance of tennis star Peng Shuai.

While reports have circulated of countries considering a diplomatic boycott, no country has confirmed plans to initiate a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics as of yet.

The support of India and Russia will likely be seen as a boost by China, as Beijing continues its efforts to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics as planned and on schedule.

The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin on February 4, 2022 and run until February 20, 2022. The 2022 Winter Paralympic Games will follow in March.