A year after clashes erupted in Galwan valley in 2020, China has released footage of the clashes which took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh in June last year. The visuals surfaced hours after India and China issued a joint statement yesterday saying they would continue Commander-level military talks to deescalate tensions in eastern Ladakh.
2020 Galwan clashes
The clashes between Indian and Chinese troops, the worst since the 1962 war, took place on June 15 last year. The footage, posted on Twitter by open-source intelligence handle @detresfa, is part of an interview in the Chinese state media of the families of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops killed in the clash.
The clash took place in the Galwan Valley, close to Patrol Point 14, in eastern Ladakh, where the Indian Army and the PLA were locked in a standoff, which continues at many friction points along the Line of Actual Control.
Contents of the video
In the highly edited video, which is an attempt at propaganda by the Chinese state-controlled media, the PLA soldiers are seen pelting stones at Indian troops from an elevated position. Indian and Chinese soldiers can be seen pushing each other on the rocky banks of the Galwan River.
Previously unseen visuals of the Galwan clash were shared in a video on Weibo. pic.twitter.com/IssCJvf57G
— Aadil Brar 畢諳典 (@aadilbrar) August 2, 2021
After nightfall, some Chinese soldiers can be seen pulling out others from the fast-flowing stream with flashlights in the background. India has officially announced that 20 officers and men were killed in the clashes, the worst since the 1962 war. China says it lost four soldiers, a claim that army sources strongly dispute.
12th round of talks
India and China held the 12th round of military talks on Saturday to resolve the Ladakh standoff and agreed to resolve pending issues. However, there is no big movement on pushing disengagement at remaining friction points along the border like Hot Springs and Gogra after the nine-hour meeting.
A joint statement released by the Army said the two sides had a “candid and in-depth exchange” of views relating to the disengagement and that the meeting further enhanced mutual understanding.
India asserts that the resolution of the outstanding flashpoints, including at Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra, is key to the ties between the two countries. The latest round followed talks between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dushanbe on July 14 on the sidelines of a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).