Galwan clash: China awards titles to four martyrs

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Published: February 19,2021 10:55 AM
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February 19, 2021: China on Friday gave honorary titles and first class merit citations to four soldiers who lost their life during the Galwan Clash with India June.

February 19, 2021: China on Friday gave honorary titles and first class merit citations to four soldiers who lost their life during the Galwan Clash with India June.



This comes nine months after China refused to disclose details of casualties in the bloodied fight with India.



As per reports, the four soldiers named as Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran died a fierce struggle" against "foreign troops" that violated an agreement and crossed into the Chinese side.



Chen Xiangrong was posthumously awarded the title of "Guardian of the Frontier Hero," while the other three men were also given first-class merit citations.



China has also acknowledged that the colonel, who led the troops against India was seriously injured, has been conferred with honorary title, a report by Chinese state media People's Daily stated.



India and China witnessed a prolonged border row that erupted in May last year and after their troops clashed in June in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. The clash happened along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) where rival soldiers were caught in a stand-off that began with a confrontation between rival patrols near Pangong Tso on the night of May 5-6.



The soldiers were seen fighting each other with nail-studded clubs and stones. While India had previously stated that 20 of its soldiers died in the clash, Beijing had acknowledged casualties but had not disclosed details.



India posthumously honoured five Indian Army soldiers, who blocked PLA aggression to capture territory in east Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15 last year, with gallantry medals on Republic Day this year.


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