In A First, China Admits It Suffered Casualties In Galwan Valley Clash, Reveals Names Of Slain Soldiers

Ladakh, June 17 (ANI): Wreath laying of Indian Army soldiers, who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash being performed at Army Hospital, in Leh on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

For the first time since the violent Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh, China has admitted that it lost four People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in the face-off with Indian soldiers in June last year. China had earlier refused to disclose details of casualties in the Galwan clash earlier.

Chinese government’s official mouthpiece Global Times reported that the Central Military Commission of China “recognised” five Chinese frontier officers and soldiers “for their sacrifice in border confrontation with India”. Of the five PLA soldiers “honoured” by China, four were killed in the Galwan Valley clash.

“Five Chinese frontier officers and soldiers stationed in the Karakorum Mountains have been recognised by the Central Military Commission of China for their contributions in the border confrontation with India, which occurred in the Galwan Valley in June 2020,” Global Times quoted the PLA Daily as saying on Friday.

Citing a Chinese media reports, Reuters reported: “Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran died a fierce struggle” against “foreign troops”. Chen Hongjun was posthumously awarded “Hero to defend the border” title while the other three were given first-class merit citations.

Twenty brave soldiers of the Indian Army led by Col Santosh Babu laid down their lives in the Galwan Valley clash while trying to protect India’s territorial integrity.

Following multiple rounds of immersive talks between the two sides over the last nine months at military and diplomatic levels, both sides agreed on disengagement in the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake.
Subsequently, the Indian Army shared videos and pictures to depict thinning down of Chinese troops and dismantling of Chinese bunkers, posts and tents used by their troops in contentious points around the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.
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