Inauguration ceremony of 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing

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2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing inaugurated by China’s supreme leader President Xi Jing Ping, while the first city to host a Summer and Winter Games both.

An overview of the stadium before the Opening Ceremony [François-Xavier Marit/AFP]

President Xi Jinping has declared the Beijing Winter Olympics open on (Feb 04, 2022) Friday while World is transforming into Post Pandemic situation. China is in the unlimited pleasure of having a great time as the Chinese New Year was started a couple of days ago and China is enjoying their fortune in economics and superpower role.

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Fireworks light up over the “Bird’s Nest” as the lattice-shaped stadium took centre stage, just as it did at the 2008 Games, as Beijing becomes the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics.

The opening ceremony started at 8:00 pm (12:00 GMT) and was attended by President Xi Jinping himself, under whose rule China has adopted a more muscular attitude internationally compared with 14 years ago.

China president Xi Jinping is introduced during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Beijing National
The ceremony began shortly after Xi and International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach entered the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium. [Rob Schumacher/Reuters]

The snowflake-themed ceremony got off to a solemn start when eight soldiers slow-marched with the Chinese flag before the national anthem rang out into the cold night air.

Xi was given a rapturous welcome by the socially distanced crowd wearing face masks, for what his governing Communist Party hopes will be a soft-power triumph.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Bejing a few hours ago. Russia is closely supporting China in most cases including the 2022 Winter Olympics. Further, Russia may seek Chinese endorsement for their interest in Ukraine. We will know it soon.

The Chinese flag was passed among 56 people representing China’s different ethnic groups before it was raised and the national anthem was performed. [Rob Schumacher/Reuters]

The United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott of the Games over China’s rights record, particularly the treatment of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

Source: Al Jazeera

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