Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 7
Has China not directly admitted to casualties within the Galwan Valley conflict on June 15?
A report in China Military web site mentioned lately, “A netizen surnamed Zhou was arrested by the police in accordance with the law.” He was charged with spreading rumours on-line by saying that “the poor quality of military vehicles supplied by the Dongfeng Off-road Company has caused the death (sic) of Chinese soldiers during the China-India border clash”.
China has to date not admitted to casualties within the Galwan Valley conflict through which the Indian Army acknowledged 20 casualties, together with the battalion Commanding Officer (CO).
Asked lately throughout a webinar to touch upon stories of the US intelligence placing Chinese PLA casualties at 34, together with the CO, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong sidestepped the query by stating that it could not be useful to bettering the state of affairs.
The Chinese Military web site mentioned Dongfeng Company approached the native police in addition to arrange a particular working group to analyze and confirm the case after it learnt that an online-user Zhou had posted rumours had claimed on his “WeChat Moments” that inner corruption within the firm led to the poor high quality of its army automobiles, which resulted within the casualties of Chinese troopers on the China-India border.
The web site China Military is sponsored by the China People’s Liberation Army.
Zhou was arrested by native police on August four and “confessed to his crime of rumour-mongering, showed remorse, and wrote a sincere apology letter”.
It shouldn’t be clear what linkage Zhou sought to ascertain between the deaths in a distant place and alleged faults in Dongfeng automobiles because the report supplied no additional particulars.
The report was commented on social media by strategic analyst Brahma Chellaney. The punishment of writing an apology letter if unaccompanied by a jail time period would counsel that Zhou could solely have been venting his ire in opposition to the corporate.
China nonetheless hides its losses from the June 15 clashes with India. But now PLA’s official web site, China Military Online, stories the arrest of 1 citizen for blaming corruption in procurement of automobiles for the dying of Chinese troopers in these clashes. https://t.co/BBNysVJp02
— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) August 7, 2020