The reason why China hid casualties in the fight with Indian soldiers

The reason why China hid casualties in the fight with Indian soldiers 6

The reason why China hid casualties in the fight with Indian soldiers

Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 fought in the Galwan valley, a disputed area between the two countries.

However, China has not yet announced the number of casualties after the conflict, although Indian media reported that about 35-43 Chinese soldiers died or were seriously injured.

Colonel Truong Thuy Loi, spokesman for the Western Theater Command of the Chinese Army (PLA), said on June 16 that the brawl in the Galwan Valley caused casualties on both sides, but did not give details.

Experts say China did not release details of the number of soldiers injured or killed in the scuffle with Indian soldiers, possibly because it wanted to reduce the severity of the problem before an important meeting with the US Secretary of State.

A source close to the PLA said Beijing is `very sensitive` to military casualties, with all figures subject to approval by Chinese President Xi Jinping, head of the Central Military Commission, before

Beijing is also worried about how Washington perceives the scuffle ahead of a key meeting between Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Pompeo in Hawaii yesterday.

Chinese soldiers (left) and Indian soldiers (right) during a confrontation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May. Photo: ANI.

`China certainly wants to de-escalate tensions ahead of the meeting between Yang Jiechi and Mike Pompeo. However, if other countries want to take advantage of the border dispute, our military will respond in kind,` the source said.

Another source close to the PLA said Beijing was especially cautious because the brawl occurred in the Galwan valley, one of the main battlefields in the 1962 Sino-Indian War that left more than 2,000 people dead.

`Like India, China’s nationalism is on the rise. Some social media accounts belonging to military-political agencies have vowed to defend Chinese territory at all costs,` the source said.

Wang Dehua, an expert on India at the Shanghai Center for International Studies, said Beijing does not want war with New Delhi.

Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming agreed with Wang and said the PLA had recently increased exercises in high mountains to warn India that it was ready to fight.

The reason why China hid casualties in the fight with Indian soldiers

Disputed border area between China and India.

Sun Shihai, an India expert at Sichuan University, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be willing to cooperate with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reduce tensions, because he understands the importance of peace for development.

`Some Indian politicians may favor unilateralism, but leaders in Beijing and New Delhi understand that when they go to war, no major power will come to the aid like in 1962,` Sun

International relations expert Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy in New Delhi said that the scuffle on June 15 increased distrust between India and China.

`The clash occurred after officials from both sides reached some preliminary agreements to reduce tensions. But China’s ‘land grab’ activities and displays of power are very dangerous for regional stability.`

Tensions between India and China have escalated despite the two countries approaching the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

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