NEW DELHI/BEIJING :
FAMILIES of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel killed in clashes with Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan Valley were outraged that unlike Indian soldiers, their martyrs had received no honour and acknowledgement in their country. After this, China attempted to pacify the aggrieved families demanding official recognition from Beijing. Editor Hu Xijn, Editor of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece ‘The Global Times’, claimed that “the dead have been treated with the highest respect in the military, and that the information will eventually be reported to society at the right time.”
The Editorial came two days after a video showed that the families of the PLA personnel were outraged by the fact that unlike Indian soldiers, their martyrs had received no honour and no acknowledgement. Though the ‘Global Times’ has admitted that “less than 20” PLA soldiers were killed in the violent face-off in Ladakh, the Xi Jinping Government has remained tight-lipped about them.
Hu wrote, “China’s security and the tranquillity of China’s borders depend upon them. Thus far, the Chinese military has not released any information about the deceased. As a former soldier and current media professional, I understand that this is an expedient move with the aim of not irritating public opinion in two countries, especially in India. This is Beijing’s goodwill.”