India-China border: 4 Chinese soldiers died in a bloody clash last year, China reveals

The two sides fought along Fists, stones and nailed bamboo poles, in the deadliest border conflict between the two nuclear armed neighbors for more than 40 years. New Delhi previously said that at least 20 Indian soldiers died in the Galwan Valley brawl.
On Friday, China’s official army newspaper, PLA Daily said A battalion commander, Chen Hongjun, and three soldiers – Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran – died in the “bitter struggle” for the border and were awarded posthumously.
An award was also given to Qi Fabao, the regimental commander of the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, who was seriously injured in the clash report.

PLA Daily did not disclose the ranks of the soldiers.

According to PLA Daily report“Foreign military” troops broke an agreement with China and crossed the border to the Chinese side to pitch tents. The report also alleged that when Qi led some PLA soldiers to negotiate, the Indian side used more soldiers to compel Chinese troops to conclude.

China and India blamed each other for the skirmish.

A source from the Indian military previously told CNN that the dispute began over a Chinese tent that was built the night before the clash. Indian troops demolished it, according to the source. The next day, Chinese soldiers armed with stones and bamboo sticks with nails returned and attacked unprepared Indian troops. CNN cannot independently confirm this report of events.
In comments posted on an official Chinese Defense Ministry social media account on Friday, spokesman Ren Guoqiang India accused India of “falsifying the truth, misleading international public opinion and slandering Chinese officers and soldiers in the border forces”. He said China “has shown a great deal of reluctance to maintain relations between the two countries and the military and has worked to cool the situation.”

Chinese state media released a report on the incident to “clarify the truth,” Ren added.

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Controversial border

India and China share a 3,379-kilometer border in the Himalayas. which is poorly defined in places and hotly controversial. Both sides claim territory on both sides.

The clash in June 2020 erupted near Pangong Tso, a strategically important lake located around 4,267 meters above sea level and stretching over an area stretching from the Indian territory of Ladakh to China-controlled Tibet in the greater Kashmir region extends where India China and Pakistan all claim territory.

In 1962, India and China went to war over this remote, inhospitable stretch of land and eventually established the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border spanned by Pangong Tso. However, the two countries disagree on the exact location of the LAC and both regularly accuse the other of crossing it or expanding their territory. Since then, they have had a history of mostly non-fatal brawls over the position of the border.

In September the two countries agreed not to send any more troops to the border after tensions between New Delhi and Beijing escalated. The situation was temporarily resolved and both sides held several rounds of talks.

New satellite images show that Chinese troops have dismantled camps on the disputed Indian border

According to the Indian Army, there was another “minor” clash between the two sides in January, despite the fact that it was “resolved by local commanders according to established protocols”.

On February 10, the Chinese Ministry of Defense said the two countries had begun to separate on the south and north coasts of Pangong Tso after reaching an agreement with India.

According to Satellite imagesChina has withdrawn troops, dismantled infrastructure and cleared camps along the disputed border.

Satellite photos taken by Maxar Technologies in the US on January 30th showed a series of Chinese missions along Pangong Tso. In new images taken Tuesday, dozens of vehicles and building structures were removed, leaving empty land.

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CNN’s Brad Lendon, James Griffiths and Jessie Yeung contributed to the coverage.

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