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Galwan Valley clash: China releases video, shows confrontation with Indian soldiers

The video footage showing the confrontation between PLA troops and Indian soldiers comes hours after China officially acknowledged it also suffered casualties during a fierce hand-to-hand battle in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh

The footage shows Indian-Chinese soldiers crossing a river in biting cold and meeting on the rocky banks.Premium
The footage shows Indian-Chinese soldiers crossing a river in biting cold and meeting on the rocky banks.

Hours after China officially acknowledged casualties for the first time on Friday, and named four officers and soldiers that it said were killed, the Chinese state media tweeted a video of last year's deadly border faceoff in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley.

The video released by Chinese state media analyst Shen Shiwei showed dozens of Indian and Chinese troops clashing in the Galwan Valley area. Shiwei also alleged that the Indian troops "trespassed into Chinese side".

The footage shows both PLA troops and Indian soldiers crossing a river in biting cold and meeting on the rocky banks, where some of them are seen pushing each other to go back. The video, which includes night visuals, shows Indian-Chinese soldiers with flashlights, batons, and shields standing on the edge of a cliff.

The release of the video comes eight months after the biggest military confrontation between the two neighbours in over five decades.

The state-run Global Times also shared the video on its social media platform Twitter with the caption: "An on-site video reveals in detail the four PLA martyrs and other brave Chinese soldiers at the scene of the Galwan Valley border clash with India in June 2020."

The Indian Army is yet to react to the video of the clash released by China.

India-China military talks today

The video was released just ahead of the 10th round of talks between military commanders of India and China on Saturday to discuss disengagement in other friction points of Gogra and Hot Springs.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 am at Moldo on the Chinese side.

The disengagement process between India and China on both banks of Pangong Lake has been completed, according to reports.

Chinese and Indian militaries have pulled back troops from the south and north banks of the bitterly contested Pangong Lake area in eastern Ladakh as part of an agreement reached between the two sides on the disengagement process.

Bloodiest India-China clash in Ladakh

The Galwan Valley clash between dozens of Indian-Chinese troops took place when the PLA soldiers prevented the Indian soldiers from marching up to their traditional patrolling point in the region, which had also seen clashes in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.

India had confirmed the loss of 20 Indian troops shortly after the clashes on 15 June while China did not officially acknowledge the casualties until Friday.

India believes more than 30 Chinese soldiers were killed in Galwan, however, the country claims that they suffered four casualties in the clashes.

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Published: 20 Feb 2021, 08:08 AM IST
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