A high-ranking employee of Global Times, a newspaper financed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), revealed on Tuesday June 16, that Beijing was hiding the number of casualties caused by clashes between CCP and Indian soldiers on the border between the two countries at the height of the Himalayas.
Hu Xijin, the newspaper’s editor, posted on his Twitter account that the CCP preferred to keep silent about the number of soldiers killed in order to “avoid stoking public mood.”
In another message, the Global Times editor noted that 17 Indian soldiers had died in the fighting because of India’s incompetence in providing adequate care for the wounded, indicating that the CCP would not consider further provocation by Indian troops.
17 injured Indian soldiers reportedly died due to lack of in-time rescue, which reflects the serious flaws of Indian army to provide emergency treatment to the wounded. This is not an army with real modern combat capabilities at plateau. Indian public opinion needs to stay sober.
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) June 16, 2020
The main reason for the coverup of the death toll of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would be the media embarrassment this would entail. Indian sources have indicated that the number of deaths of CCP soldiers would rise to 40, while the death toll of the Indian army would be 20.
According to Breitbart News, the casualties of the CCP army would directly impact the propaganda of “Wolf Warrior,” which has been in charge of portraying the bravery and sagacity of CCP soldiers above any military force in the world.
CCP propaganda assures that the conflict was initiated by Indian troops that crossed the border called Actual Line of Control (ALC), assuring that they would have unleashed provocative attacks and affirming after the encounter that Galwan Valley, where the confrontation had occurred, belongs to China.
India blamed the confrontations on an attempt by the CCP to “unilaterally violate the status quo there.”
For now, the land and air troops of the Indian army deployed in the region remain on high alert, as does the Indian navy, which has considerably raised the alert level in the Indian Ocean.
On Wednesday, talks were opened between the CCP and Indian foreign ministries, with a conference call held to calm tensions, although no agreement has been reached so far.
The long-running conflict over the 2175-mile border between China and India has a history of about seven decades, beginning in 1947 when India gained independence from the UK.
As the Modern Diplomacy portal pointed out, the CCP was putting pressure on LAC (Line of Actual Control) in different areas of the Western sector and by 2017 conflicts between the two nations intensified after Indian and PLA troops unleashed a crude confrontation over the construction of a road in Doklam by the CCP near Donglang Caochang in China.
However, India does not have a claim on Doklam, although it supports Bhutan’s claim on the territory in India’s highly strategic Siliguri corridor.