China for the first time revealed that four of its soldiers were killed during clashes with Indian Army troops at Galwan Valley.

China on Friday honoured four People’s Liberation Army soldiers killed and one soldier injured during the clashes with Indian Army troops at Galwan Valley, Chinese state media said.

Chinese state media, China Global Television Network (CGTN) said 5 PLA soldiers were honoured with honorary title and first-class merit citation.

People’s Liberation Army and Indian Army had a border confrontation at Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region in June 2020 in which India had lost 20 soldiers.

Four soldiers, killed during the border clash in June 2020, were posthumously awarded honorary titles and first-class merit citations, the Central Military Commission (CMC) said on Friday.

The Central Military Commission revealed the names and stories of the martyrs for the first time to commemorate their sacrifices for defending national sovereignty and territory, the state media said.

“Chen Hongjun was awarded the honorary title of ‘hero’ for defending national territory. Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran were awarded first-class merit citations,” the state media said.

Qi Fabao, a colonel who led the soldiers, was seriously injured during the confrontation.

“Qi was conferred with the honorary title of hero colonel,” it further stated.

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