China releases dramatic video of deadly clash with Indian troops in Ladakh
BEIJING – A Chinese state-run media outlet released a dramatic footage apparently offering an insight into deadly clashes occurred between troops at the Indian border in Galwan valley of Ladakh region last year.
The video surfaced a day after China's defence ministry for first time revealed that its four soldiers killed in the brawl in June 2020 that had also claimed the lives of at least 20 Indian troops.
The CGTN video shows Indian troops heading towards Chinese soldiers carrying sticks and safety shields. A bilateral pact bars both sides from use of guns so the brawl at disputed border often involves fist-fighting and pelting stones.
Revealing truth on border clashes with India helps understand events pic.twitter.com/zcGC4fxJwM— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) February 20, 2021
Beijing on Friday revealed that four of its soldiers were killed, and one seriously wounded, during a bloody border clash with neighbouring India last year.
The five PLA soldiers were described by the Central Military Commission as “heroes defending the border”, according to the report.
Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, who survived the incident, was given a hero award, along with battalion commander Chen Hongjun, who was honoured posthumously. Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran were posthumously given first-class merit awards.
The men died after fighting "foreign troops" who "crossed into the Chinese border", said Chinese state media.
Another man, regimental commander Qi Fabao, was also given honours after sustaining "serious injuries".
At least 20 Indians were also killed in the first deadly clash in the disputed border area in 45 years. Soldiers from both sides had reportedly fought with stones and nail-studded clubs.
China and India have been locked in a border dispute for decades. The root cause of the tension is an ill-defined, 3,440km (2,100-mile)-long disputed border called the Line of Actual Control.
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