Eight Months After Clash With Indian Army in Galwan Valley, China Admits Its Losses

The Indian Army admitted that 20 of its soldiers were killed in a clash with the People’s Liberation Army in the Galwan Valley of Eastern Ladakh on 15-16 June 2020. The two sides accused each other of violating border agreements and alleged that the troops used unconventional weapons during the deadly clash.

Eight months after the first deadly clash in 45 years with India, China has unveiled the names of four of its soldiers who died during the hand-to-hand fight with the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh. China’s People’s Daily reported that Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan, and Wang Zhuoran gave their lives while fighting the Indian Army, which outnumbered them in the clash.

Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, has received the title of “Heroic regimental commander for defending the border” from the Central Military Commission.

Chen Xiangrong, whose grave picture widely circulated on the WeChat app last year, wrote in his diary soon after the clash broke out, as reported by the Chinese daily, “Faced with the number of foreign troops far more than ours, not only did we not back down, but we also drove them out with a stone attack”. Chen Xiangrong was one of two officers who went forward to negotiate with the Indian forces after “Foreign [India] troops crossed the line to provoke troubles”.

​Revisiting the incident, the Chinese military said that in June 2020, foreign troops crossed the line of actual control to set…

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