China Confirms Deaths in Galwan Clash with India
International desk || shiningbd
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed for the first time, through a carefully worded article, that it lost at least four lives during the June 15 Galwan Valley clash with Indian soldiers.
The clash – which also led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers – was the first time since 1975 that a confrontation between the two forces along the 3,488-kilometers long China-India Line of Actual Control caused fatalities.
In an article published on February 19, state-run news agency Xinhua said that “China’s military authorities have honored two officers and three soldiers, including four who received the awards posthumously, for defending the country’s western border.”
Interestingly enough, not naming India, it went on to add: “The People’s Liberation Army Daily on Friday reported that the Central Military Commission issued commendations to the servicemen for their role in bravely fighting back hostilities provoked by foreign forces at the Galwan Valley.”
Indian Army officer Colonel Santhosh Babu, who was killed in action while commanding troops from the 16th Bihar Regiment that clashed with the PLA in the Galwan Valley, was posthumously named for India’s second-highest military award on January 25.
Four other Indian soldiers who were also killed during the clash were also announced as recipients of military awards that day.
The Chinese announcement coincided with Indian media reports that the PLA and the Indian Army had completed disengagement in both the north bank/“fingers” area as well as the south bank of the Pangong Lake, ahead of the 10th round of the military commanders’ talks tomorrow to resolve other points of friction in Ladakh, including in the Hot Springs-Gogra and Depsang areas.