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‘For sure it’s fake news’: China official on losing 40 soldiers in Ladakh

While denying reports of the PLA victims, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the armies of India and China held a meeting on June 22 to resolve the ongoing tension through talks.

China dismissed on Tuesday as “false news” reports that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had suffered at least 40 casualties in the forceful battle with Indian soldiers in eastern Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15. While denying reports of the PLA victims, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the armies of India and China held a meeting on June 22 to resolve the ongoing tension through talks.

“China and India are in dialogue, in talks with each other to solve this problem through diplomatic and military channels,” said ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

“Looking at what you saw in the media, for example, some people claimed that the casualties on the Chinese side amounted to 40, I can assure you that this is fake news,” said Zhao in response to a specific question about the PLA drop. numbers.

While the Indian army lost 20 soldiers during the violent clash on the night of June 15, China has refused to disclose details of the casualties suffered by the PLA. Union Minister General VK Singh (retired) had indicated over the weekend that China could have suffered twice as many victims compared to India’s figures.

A commander-level meeting led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Leh-based Corps 14 commander, and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the southern Xinjiang military region, lasted almost 11 hours on Monday. It was held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the disputed Current Control Line (LAC) with a focus on cooling tensions.

When asked about Monday’s meeting, Zhao said: “On June 22, the Chinese and Indian border troops held the second military-level meeting in the border area, which was also the first military-level meeting after the incident. from the Galwan Valley on June 15.

Speaking at the ministry’s regular briefing, Zhao added that “… the holding of this meeting showed that the two sides hope to resolve differences through dialogue and consultation, control the situation and alleviate the situation.”

“During the meeting, based on the consensus of the first military-level meeting, the two sides exchanged frank and in-depth views on the pending issues at the current border control, and agreed to take the necessary measures to promote the cooling of the situation, “spokesman Zhao said.

“The two sides also agreed to maintain the dialogue and work together to promote peace and tranquility in the border areas,” he added.

When asked about the details of the withdrawal, Zhao said: “Specific measures are under discussion between the border troops of the two sides. I have no other information to disclose about this. “

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