China released a video of the alleged clashes between the Chinese and Indian military in June 2020 on the Himalayan border between the two countries that left several dead on both sides.
As firearms are prohibited in this area, the fighting was hand-to-hand. New Delhi reported 20 deaths in its ranks at the time, but Beijing did not give details of any casualties.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense reported on Friday, eight months after the skirmishes, the death of four soldiers.
A video later broadcast on public television CCTV shows what it depicts as Indian soldiers crossing a river on foot amid the snow-capped peaks of the Karakorum range.
With sticks and shields that read “police”, they head towards the Chinese military on the other side. They try to block them with their bodies.
The CCTV report accuses the Indians of having crossed the border to “provoke” the Chinese military.
The images then show groups of soldiers from both countries confronting each other in the dark and then Chinese men healing one of their own, whose head is covered in blood.
As a bilateral agreement prohibits firearms, soldiers often resort to stones, punches and other objects in their confrontations.
This incident at height, on the border of Tibet and the Indian region of Ladakh, has been the most serious between the two Asian giants since the Blitzkrieg of 1962, which defeated China.
The Line of Actual Control (“Lign of Actual Control”, LAC), the de facto border between India and China, is not well demarcated and the two countries accuse each other of penetrating the opposite territory.
Beijing and New Delhi had sent tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons to the region after the clash.
The two countries, however, reached an agreement in early February for the mutual “withdrawal” of troops in one of the disputed sectors of the border.
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