After almost 9 months of the clash between India and China, China has finally admitted its casualties suffered in the clash with Indian Army. In its official statement it said, total four military officers were killed in the clash with Indian Army at the Galwan Valley in June last year. The statement was reported today by the Chinese media.
A Chinese newspaper People’s Daily reported that those who lost their lives during the clash were also awarded by the China’s Central Military Commission with posthumously honorary titles and first-class merit citations.
Another tabloid Global Times reported that the The regimental commander from PLA Xinjiang Military Command and also the leader of the Chinese Army, Qi Fabao awarded the title of “Hero Regimental Commander for Defending the Border”.
Names of those martyrs were also revealed by China and those included Xiao Siyuan, Wang Zhuoran, Chen Xiangrong and Chen Hongjun.
According to the Global Times one of those four, Chen Hongjun was awarded posthumously the title of “Guardian of the Frontier Hero,” whereas the other three were given first-class merit citations.
“Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong and Xiao Siyuan fought to the last minute and sacrificed their lives. Wang Zhuoran, a fellow soldier, also gave his life to rescue his comrades when crossing the river to support the others,” a report from the Global Times stated.
While twenty soldiers of Indian army were martyred in the clash and their names have been engraved on a war memorial built in Eastern Ladakh.
Immediately after the violent clash between India and China The Editor-in-Chief of Global Times had tweeted, “China had also suffered casualties in the clash, but did not want to release the figures because it doesn’t want people of the two countries to compare the casualty number so to avoid stoking public mood”.