China declares four of its soldiers killed in border clash with India
China said four of its soldiers were killed in last year’s border clash with Indian troops, disclosing casualties for the first time from the Himalayan melee that killed 20 Indians and ratcheted up tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
The announcement, coming more than six months after the bloody hand-to-hand fighting, should help global audiences “understand the truth and the right and wrong of the incident,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
Tensions remained high for months between India and China, which share a 2,000-mile border. They pointed fingers at each other for starting the fight, saying the other side was breaking established rules and boundaries for troop movements.
Accompanied by dramatic orchestral music and slick production values, pictures of the four dead soldiers were then shown superimposed against a background of snow-capped peaks. At the end of the segment, troops were again shown patrolling and exercising on foot and in tanks, although the exact times and locations were not clear.