Chinese state media released a video over the weekend purporting to depict fighting between Chinese and Indian border troops in the Western Himalayas’ Galwan Valley in June 2020.
At least four Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers died in the clash according to the video, marking the first time China’s military has publicly admitted to the deaths. Beijing had previously confirmed only that at least one Chinese PLA soldier died in the border brawl, which also killed at least 20 Indian troops.
Indian media, citing government sources, reported at the time as many as 40 Chinese soldiers died in the brawl, over twice the number the Indian military lost.
China’s Central Military Commission issued commendations to the fallen PLA servicemen “for their role in bravely fighting back hostilities provoked by foreign forces at the Galwan Valley,” a PLA newspaper reported on February 19, according to China’s official state press