China admits five PLA troopers killed in Galwan Valley clash

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For the first time since the bloody military clash in Galwan Valley between armies of India and China, Beijing has officially acknowledged that their five military officers and troopers were killed in eastern Ladakh in June 2020.

Five Chinese frontier officers and troops stationed in the Karakoram Mountains have been recognised by the Central Military Commission of China (CMC) “for their sacrifice” in the border confrontation with India, reported the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military reported on Friday.

The CMC noted killings of Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, state-un Global Times quoted PLA Daily report as saying. A total of twenty Indian troopers died in the Galwan Valley clash on 15 June, regarded as the worst in over four decades at the India-China border.

The CMC, the overall high command of the PLA headed by President Xi Jinping,has awarded Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, the title of “Hero regimental commander for defending the border,” Chen Hongjun with “Hero to defend the border,” and awarded first-class merit to Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran.

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