Galwan Valley clash: China finally admits casualties
China has admitted the number of casualties in the Galwan Clash is fewer than 20
New Delhi: China government mouthpiece Global Times has admitted that the number of the Chinese soldiers dead were fewer than 20 in violent clashes with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh.
It is reported that China did not want to reveal the numbers in order to avoid any escalation.
Hu Xijin, Global Times Editor-in-Chief, last week, had remarked that Beijing did not want to compare casualty numbers of the two countries post the violent clashes as a sign of “goodwill”.
The news of Chinese casualties broke a day after Indian media reported that India had handed over dead bodies of 16 Chinese soldiers to the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops on Monday night (June 15), the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.
After an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the nation that not even an inch of land had been ceded to China and praised the martyred soldiers for their supreme sacrifice.
He also assured the nation that it will not compromise on its territorial integrity and is self-sufficient to guard its borders and land.