India-China Border Row: Russian news agency claims China lost 45 soldiers at Galwan during clash with Indian Army

While reporting that the frontline troops of PLA and Indian Army at the south and north banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh have started disengagement, Russian news agency TASS has claimed that Beijing lost 45 soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash last year.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 11, 2021 18:16 IST
India-China Border Row: Russian news agency claims China lost 45 soldiers at Galwan during clash with Indian Army
India-China border clash

According to a TASS report, “Chinese and Indian forces clashed in the region in May and June 2020, resulting in at least 20 Indian and 45 Chinese servicemen dead. Following these incidents, New Delhi and Beijing increased the concentration of forces in the region to about 50,000 people each.”

This revelation by the Russian news agency comes even as China has remained silent on the number of casualties it suffered during the lethal clashes. As per American intelligence reports, the number of casualties on the Chinese side was 35.

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The Chinese Defence Ministry & India's Defense Minister on Thursday declared that the frontline troops of China and India at the south and north banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh have started “synchronized and organized” disengagement from Wednesday. 

“The two sides agreed to continue their effective efforts in ensuring the restraint of the frontline troops, stabilize and control the situation along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of the China-India border, and jointly maintain peace and tranquillity,” said a joint statement after 11th corps commander level talks.

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Close to 100,000 Indian and Chinese troops are deployed in eastern Ladakh amid continuing diplomatic and. The government on Thursday said it will continue discussions with China to achieve the objective of further disengagement of troops from all friction points and restoration of peace and tranquillity in eastern Ladakh at an early date.

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