After months of staying mum, China admits to suffering casualties in Galwan Valley clashes

For the first time since the violent Galwan Valley clashes on the intervening night of June 14-15, China has admitted it suffered casualties.

Twenty brave Indian soldiers including Commanding Officer Col Santosh Babu laid down their lives while trying to protect India’s territorial integrity in the face on unprovoked Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh.

Chinese state mouthpiece Global Times’s editor-in-chief Hu Xijin while attempting to reject remarks made by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, however ended up admitting in a tweet that Chinese troops too lost their lives in the skirmish. The Global Times is published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Hu Xijin said in a tweet, “As far as I know, the death toll of Chinese troops in Galwan Valley clash on June 15 is far fewer than 20 deaths of Indian troops. No Chinese soldiers was captured by Indian troops, but PLA captured many Indian soldiers that day.”

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Xijin’s tweet was accompanied by a screenshot, stamped ‘fake news’, of an Indian media report about defence minister Rajnath Singh saying India inflicted heavy casualties on Chinese forces during the fighting.

Hu Xijin posted a long message on Weibo. He once again inadvertently admitted that PLA soldiers had died in Galwan Valley “When outnumbered at first, some of our soldiers fought to the last breath, and none of them were captured by the Indian Army,” he wrote.

Referring to the violent Galwan Valley clashes, Rajnath Singh had said in Parliament that Indian soldiers “inflicted costs including casualties on the Chinese side”.

This inadvertent admission by the Chinese comes in the midst of ongoing border standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

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