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China finally admits it lost ‘less than 20’ soldiers in clash with India

New Delhi: China has for the first time admitted that it lost “less than 20” troops during the violent face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh last week.

The move comes a day after media reported that India had handed over dead bodies of 16 Chinese soldiers to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

A Chinese commanding officer was among those killed in the clash, China’s army confirmed during military talks with India at Galwan last week, according to NDTV.

Even as New Delhi had officially announced that 20 of its soldiers were killed in a clash with the PLA in Ladakh’s Galwan valley, Beijing had remained tight-lipped about its casualties.

The Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Community Party regime in Beijing, in a piece quoting “Chinese experts” said that “the reason why China did not release the number” of its casualties, is that China “wants to avoid an escalation.”

“If China released the number which is less than 20, the Indian government would again come under pressure,” the Global Times tweeted quoting an “observer” from the piece.

The Global Times report referred to Union minister and former Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh who had claimed that the number of PLA soldiers killed in the stand-off in the Galwan valley was more than 40.

The analysts in Beijing also threatened India saying, “India will be more humiliated than after the 1962 border conflict with China if it cannot control anti-China sentiment at home and has a new military conflict with its biggest neighbor.”

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