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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day national lockdown on Tuesday evening appealing people to stay inside their homes.

On Saturday, PM Modi announced setting up of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to deal with the pandemic. No sooner did the PM made the announcement a number of private entities, industrialists, actors, sportsmen, government organizations and industrialists responded to the PM’s call and contributed to the fund.

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EurAsian Times brings you a comprehensive list of people who have donated to the PM-CARES fund.

Mukesh Ambani:  The country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has announced a plan that involves “prevention, mitigation and ongoing support.” His Reliance Foundation has set up India’s first dedicated COVID-19 center with 100 beds in Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai.

Reliance has also set up a fully equipped isolation facility in Lodhivali, Maharashtra and is offering free meals to people in various cities affected by the pandemic as well as free fuel for the transportation of COVID-19 patients and people under quarantine, as per the government list.

The Reliance Foundation Hospital has also been offered as a quarantine center and Reliance Life Sciences is importing more test kits. The company’s telecom arm Jio is doubling the data limits for its existing broadband users and waiving service charges for new customers to receive basic connectivity wherever it is geographically possible to do so.

Ratan Tata has pledged Rs 1,500 crore for combating coronavirus pandemic and also extended assistance to the government in their fight against novel Coronavirus.

Tata Sons, the holding firm of the Tata group companies, announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore support towards COVID-19 and related activities over and above Rs 500 crore pledged by Tata Trusts. Tata Sons and Tata Trusts have collectively pledged a total of INR 1,500 crore.

Anand Mahindra: Anand Mahindra highlighted the urgent need for more ventilators and pledged to find a way for the Mahindra Group’s manufacturing facilities to be used for producing them. He’s also offered the group’s hospitality arm Mahindra Holidays’ resorts as temporary care centers for COVID-19 patients.

Mahindra has set up a fund to help support small business owners and the self-employed to get through the tough times. The fund is said to include 100% of his salary over the coming months.

Anil Agarwal:  Metals and mining magnate Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Resources has announced the setting up of a $13 million fund primarily targeted at three areas: benefiting daily wage workers, employees and contract workers; preventive health care and to help communities in and around Vedanta’s plants.

Vijay Shekar Sharma: Vijay Shekar Sharma, founder of digital payments platform Paytm, has pledged $650,000 for any medical innovation related to the coronavirus. Innovators, doctors and research teams can reach Paytm at covidcure@paytm.com.

Sridhar Vembu: Sridhar Vembu, founder of cloud services firm Zoho Corp., has announced a Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program. The company’s plan is to offer three months fee waiver for software that small businesses are already using.

This will benefit 20,000 of its existing small business customers which have 25 or fewer employees. They will get Zoho Wallet credits which will be equivalent to three months of their bill. The small business owners can choose to use the wallet credits as he or she deems fit.

Byju Raveendran: Edtech billionaire Byju Raveendran is offering free access to his flagship Byju’s app, which offers math and science lessons suitable for children in grades 4-12 along with his Disney-BYJU’s Early Learn app that offers maths and English lessons for students in 1-3 grade.

Anupama Nadella: Pledging help to Telangana which happens to be her home state, Anupama Nadella wife of Satya Nadella has donated Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister Welfare Fund to be used to help the poor during the lockdown period. A cheque for Rs 2 crore was handed over to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao by Anupama’s father and former senior IAS officer KR Venugopal.

Anita Dongre: Anita Dongre, the founder of House of Dongre pledge a fund that will aid the small vendors, self-employed artisans, and partners associated with her brand function better. She contributed a medical fund of Rs 1.5 crore to support small vendors, self-employed artisans, and partners associated with her brand who may not have medical insurance or coverage.

PhonePe:  Bengaluru-headquartered, Flipkart-owned PhonePe has launched a donation drive and said it aims to contribute up to Rs 100 crore to PM CARES Fund towards fighting coronavirus crisis.
Popular television host and actor Maniesh Paul pledged to donate a sum of Rs 20 lakh to PM Narendra Modi’s CARES fund to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Bhushan Kumar:  Bhushan Kumar, who heads the Bollywood film studio T-Series, said he will be donating a sum of Rs 11 crores to PM-CARES Fund, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat health contingencies like the coronavirus

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli:  Actor Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli have announced their contribution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-CARES fund an initiative to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. The couple has jointly donated Rs 3 crore, as per industry sources.

Randeep Hooda  Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda partnered with entrepreneur and philanthropist Jay Patel to contribute Rs 1 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund.

Kartik Aaryan Joining the film fraternity in donating graciously for the PM-Cares fund, actor Kartik Aaryan has pledged a sum of Rs 1 crore to do his bit for the worst sufferers of the countywide lockdown.

Bhumi Pednekar:  Bhumi Pednekar had also donated a sum of Rs 30 lakh for the cause.

Indian Army: The Army’s Western Command has set up eight quarantine facilities for suspected coronavirus cases in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, an official statement said on Friday.

The nation’s defence establishment has pledged Rs 500 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund.

The Army, Navy and the Indian Air Forces, as well as employees of the defence ministry, have decided to donate one day’s salary totalling around Rs 500 crore to the relief fund announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Separately, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that he will donate one month’s salary to the fund.

IAS Association: The IAS Association wrote that it has decided to contribute Rs 21 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund as its initial contribution to combat COVID-19. The Association added that all its members will also contribute at least a day’s salary.

Indian Railways: The Railways Ministry will donate Rs 151 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to help in combating the novel coronavirus threat, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.

The Ministry of Railways has decided to make beds, stools and other furniture required for coronavirus patients. Railways made the announcement on Twitter on Monday. This comes after Railways announced that it had planned to transform it train coaches into isolation wards for patients infected with COVID-19. The Rail Ministry has also rendered all its hospitals across the country to serve central government employees as the coronavirus epidemic is on the rise in the country.

Member of Parliaments: Following Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s appeal, nearly three dozen MPs have allocated Rs 1 crore each from their MPLADS funds to local authorities to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The warmest contribution, however, came from a Twitter user named Syed Ataur Rehman who had donated Rs 501. Sharing a receipt of his donation, Rehman wrote, “Just a little donation… to fight Coronavirus”.

Esha Singh: Teenage shooter Esha Singh on Sunday pledged to donate Rs 30,000 to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund in the fight against the COVID-19  pandemic, becoming, at 15, the country’s youngest sportsperson to make a monetary contribution.

Spoorthy: A two-and-a-half-year-old child Spoorthy in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, who had been saving the money given to her by her parents for the last two-and-a-half years in a small ‘hundi’ (an earthen piggy bank) decided to donate her entire savings.

She got her father’s permission to break the ‘hundi’ and the parents counted the amount saved by the tiny-tot, which was around Rs 4,400. The child felt that the amount be divided equally and contributed to the Relief Funds of Prime Minister and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami.

Akshay Kumar:  Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has pledged Rs 25 crore towards the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM-CARES) Fund, for fighting COVID-19. The actor took to Twitter to announce the same.

This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi Ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, jaan hai toh jahaan hai.”” – Akshay Kumar.

Varun Dhawan: Actor Varun Dhawan also took to Twitter to pledge his support by contributing Rs 30 lakhs to the PM- CARES fund.

Shilpa Shetty: Actor Shilpa Shetty, along with her husband Raj Kundra, pledged to donate Rs 21 crores to PM-CARES.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee: Sabyasachi Mukherjee has pledged Rs 10 million (1 crore) to the PM’s National Relief Fund, and an additional Rs 5 million (50 lakh) to the West Bengal CM’s Relief Fund.

Kapil Sharma: Kapil Sharma announced that he was contributing a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Fund to help fight coronavirus in the country.

Rajinikanth: South superstar Rajinikanth was the first celebrity to come forward by donating Rs 50 lakh to help daily wage workers.

Prabhas: According to a statement, Prabhas donated an amount of Rs 4 crore for Covid-19 relief. Out of the donation amount, the Baahubali star pledged of Rs 3 crore to the Prime Minister’s relief fund and Rs 50 lakhs each to Chief Minister’s relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Chiranjeevi: Megastar Chiranjeevi put aside Rs 1 crore for the daily wage workers and those belonging to the lower-income groups in the Telugu film industry.

Nithiin: Nithiin was among one of the first actors to provide monetary help for the cause. He donated Rs 10 lakh each to both to the CM relief funds of the Telugu speaking states.

Mahesh: Mahesh said he has donated Rs 1 crore to the CM relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Kalyan: Kalyan too announced on Twitter that he will donate Rs 1 crore to the PM relief fund.

BCCI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that it will donate Rs 51 crore to the PM-CARES Fund, to contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens.

Ajinkya Rahane: Team India’s Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane donated Rs 10 lakh to the Maharastra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Gautam Gambhir: Cricketer-turned-politician and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir on Saturday released Rs 1 crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

KCA: The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has decided to contribute Rs 50 lakh to the BCCI that has pledged Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, to fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.

MCA: The Mumbai Cricket Asociation has already pledged Rs 50 lakh for the Maharashtra CM’s relief fund.

HCA: Hyderabad Cricket Association will be contributing ₹50 lakh to the PM-CARES fund to battle the dreaded coronavirus, association secretary R. Vijayanand informed the media.

Suresh Raina: Suresh Raina has pledged Rs 31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund, and Rs 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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Pakistan Undoubtedly The Biggest Beneficiary Of India-China Military Stand-Off – Experts

India-China military standoff.: Exploiting India’s vulnerabilities is an essential element of China’s “contain India” policy”. Experts believe that Pakistan has been undoubtedly the largest beneficiary of the indo-Sino conflict.

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India-China military stand-off has tremendously benefitted Pakistan according to experts. Pakistan recently signed a $2.4 billion deal with China for a massive hydropower project in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir which shows how three nations (India, Pakistan and  China) are striving to out-do each other in the highly-contested region.

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Experts have claimed that China is prioritizing dam and hydropower construction projects in Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir over other BRI corridor projects to spite New Delhi.

Amid the flaring tensions between India and China that led to a bloody clash between the troops of two neighbouring countries on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) leaving 20 Indian troops dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties, Islamabad has been surprisingly silent on the issue, given the close ties between China and Pakistan.

The hydropower project marks the largest power sector investment by an independent power producer under China’s multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

India has opposed the CPEC project stating that carrying out of such projects in territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation was illegal. “Our position is consistent and clear that entire territory of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and will continue to be integral and inalienable part of India,” said the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi.

“We have consistently conveyed our protests and shared concerns with both Pakistan and China on all such projects in the Indian territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation,” it said.

Border and Road Initiative (BRI) launched the CPEC programme in 2015 intending to connect Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. The program was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

After completion of key projects in the first phase, “the second phase will focus on the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), strengthening trade and cultural ties through joint ventures and exchange of delegations,” said Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan.

“Exploiting India’s vulnerabilities is an essential element of China’s “contain India” policy,” said Mohan Malik, a professor of strategic studies at the National Defense College UAE. He added that Pakistan is undoubtedly the largest beneficiary of the China-India military face-off. “The looming threat of a two-front war with China and Pakistan is New Delhi’s worst-case scenario,” he said.

According to NAR, it was revealed in an audit report by the power division of Pakistan that two Chinese companies had inflated the costs of power projects in the corridor by $3 billion. The revelation has made it easy for Pakistan to ask China to delay repayment schedules for corridor power project loans.

Malik said that Islamabad could take advantage of the crisis to renegotiate unfavourable loan terms regarding financially unviable projects.

Last week, Pakistan’s Stock Exchange in Karachi was attacked by four gunmen. The attack was orchestrated by Balochistan Liberation Army, which has been demanding for separation of the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces for decades now.

Incidentally, Chinese companies have a 40% stake in the Stock Exchange. However, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was quick to blame India for the attack. “By blaming India for [the] stock exchange attack, Pakistan has tried to gain the sympathies of China,” said James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the RSIS at Singapore. Dorsey added that Pakistan is trying to exploit Indo-China border tensions for its own financial benefit.

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On Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday, Is It Time For India To Reset ‘One China’ Policy?

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As the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama celebrates his 85th birthday, there is a debate amongst experts whether India should reset its ‘One China’ policy. The discussions began after a host of Indian politicians sent wishes to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in the midst of the feud with China. 

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The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, countries recognise and have formal ties with China rather Taiwan and consider disputed territories such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong an inseparable part of China.

For years, India has maintained a low profile when it comes to Tibetan politics and gone at lengths to ensure that the ‘One China’ policy is not violated. In 2018, the Government of India ordered its officials to stay away from a rally marking 60 years of Dalai Lama in India.

Tibet has been a bone of contention between New Delhi and Beijing since 1959 when Dalai Lama escaped to Assam after a failed revolt against the Chinese. After India gave him refuge and allowed an exiled Tibetan government to operate from Dharamsala, China has viewed India with suspicion and blamed New Delhi for supporting anti-China activities.

According to experts at EurAsian Times, the fact that Indian politicians today extended wishes to Dalai Lama mark a major departure from India’s policy from two years ago.

Birthday greetings were sent by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Pema Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, RK Mathur, the lieutenant governor of Ladakh.

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Speaking to Economic Times, Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that India should make Tibet one of the key issues in Sino-India policies. Similar views are shared by Indian experts who believe it is time India re-assessed its ‘one China’ policy.

The 51-year old spoke about the strategic significance of Tibet — historically, geopolitically, culturally and ecologically as Tibet is the water tower of Asia and stressed on the importance of Tibet in being part of Indian policies with regards to China.

India is home to the largest Tibetan population in exile and has always found support from the community whenever New Delhi has clashed with Beijing.

Recently, Indian-Americans, Tibetan-Americans and Taiwanese-Americans took to the streets in New York to protest against increased Chinese aggression in the midst of a global pandemic. The group held placards of “Boycott China” and “Stop Chinese Abuse” as they shouted slogans against the country.

India is not the only country at the receiving end of Chinese aggression. Beijing has also clashed with Bhutan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The Sino-Indian dispute in Ladakh seems to have cooled down after both countries retreated and established a 4-kilometre no-man zone earlier today. The dispute with China in Ladakh has been going on since the first week of June and so far has resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and unconfirmed numbers on the Chinese side.

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FACT CHECK: 100 Chinese Soldiers Killed In India-China Border Clash At Galwan Valley?

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Twitter in India is trending with #100Chinese and #GalwanValley. Indian netizens are jubilant that the Indian army has killed 100 Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash where India also lost 20 soldiers.

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How correct is the claim that 100 Chinese soldiers have been killed in Galwan Valley clash? EurAsian Times searched the story which was trending on Twitter.

The Viral Story Trending On Twitter

Jianli Yang, a former Chinese military official and son of a leader in the Chinese communist party, made a sensational claim ‘More than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in the dreadful conflict between Indian and Chinese soldiers, in the night of 15th June. But the Chinese government is hiding this information from the Chinese people. President Xi Jinping is worried that if the information regarding the soldiers, killed in the Galwan valley, is disclosed the serving, as well as the retired soldiers, can revolt. Not only this but even there can be a rebellion, even from within the communist party.’  

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Jianli Yang accused that the Chinese government is not willing to disclose the information regarding the Galwan Valley conflict, in his article written for the newspaper Washington Times. Yang reminded that in the last few days, Zhao Lijiang, the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry has dodged the questions regarding the Chinese casualties, in the Galwan Valley, during various news conferences. Yang made vitriolic criticism that China is not willing to openly state the number of casualties in the Galwan Valley conflict, but the Indian government honoured their martyrs.   

Yang presented the plight of the soldiers saying ‘It is better not to think of the state of the retired Chinese army personnel when China does not care for the serving soldiers and martyrs from the Chinese military. The Chinese government frequently treats the retired soldiers, who participated in the 1979 China-Vietnam or the Korean war, with contempt. These soldiers are protesting against the communist government for pension, medical facilities and employment, for the last many years. But the Chinese government is not willing to take cognisance of their demands.’  

There are nearly 57.5 million soldiers retired from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Every year these soldiers protest for their pension and other demands. Saying that the Jinping government takes action against these soldiers, he has cited the protests held by the retired soldiers against Jinping, in various cities including Beijing. Yang also claimed that moreover, there is anger brewing in these soldiers against Jinping as he closed the other avenues of employment for these soldiers.  

The Chinese rulers are worried that in this scenario, if it is announced that the number of Chinese soldiers killed is in multiples of the number of Indian soldiers, Jinping will have to face a backlash and the retired soldiers, taking advantage of the situation, will attack the Chinese government. Jinping is well aware that once the retired Chinese soldiers declare a rebellion, even the iron grip of the government cannot control the situation. Therefore, since the last few years, Jinping has been appealing to the Chinese military, to have complete faith in him. 

The story has appeared in some personal blog and seems unauthentic.  As earlier reported by the EurAsian Times, India lost 20 soldiers in Galwan Valley border clash, but how many Chinese soldiers were killed in violent border clash remained a mystery?

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The Chinese government has not yet revealed the number of casualties suffered by the PLA troops during the fearsome clash, however media reports reveal some details.

Sources in the Indian government are citing ‘some’ U.S. intelligence reports which claim that 35 Chinese soldiers were killed during the violent clash with the Indian army. The figure, however, is a combination of a total number of soldiers killed and wounded.

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Government sources revealed to media that the Chinese side suffered “proportionate casualties” but it does not have a clear picture of the number of Chinese soldiers killed as well as those injured in the clash.

India Today journalist Rajdeep Sardesai wrote that ANI claimed based on “Chinese intercepts” that “43 Chinese soldiers [were] killed in the clashes”. He further wrote that there hasn’t been any confirmation from the Chinese side.

Another figure was shared by Times Now as ‘breaking news’ on June 17 — “China accepts 30 soldiers have been killed during the Ladakh standoff” —  citing Global Times. The tweets were later deleted as they turned out to be fake.

The Chinese government has not disclosed the number of fatalities on their side. The Editor-in-Chief of  Global Times accepted the casualties but did not reveal any figures.

Hu tweeted – Chinese side didn’t release number of PLA casualties in clash with Indian soldiers. My understanding is the Chinese side doesn’t want people of the two countries to compare the casualties number so to avoid stoking public mood. This is goodwill from Beijing.

BBC wrote – China has not released casualty figures. Unconfirmed reports in Indian media say at least 40 Chinese soldiers died. Some Indian soldiers are still believed to be missing. Earlier PM Modi said the Indian deaths “will not be in vain” and that India would be “proud that our soldiers died fighting the Chinese” in the clash in the Ladakh region on Monday.

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CNN Wrote: At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a bloody brawl with Chinese troops on Monday in the Galwan Valley, close to Aksai Chin, an area controlled by China but claimed by both countries. It is unclear if or how many Chinese soldiers died.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke out in favour of a diplomatic resolution to the India-China border conflict in his phone call with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar. Wang said “mutual suspicion and friction are the way of evil and run counter to the fundamental wishes of both countries’ people,” according to a statement released by China’s foreign ministry.

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Analysts for Al Jazeera wrote – The intensified tensions along the Indian and Chinese border in Ladakh has exposed that India was “ill-prepared to deal with an assertive China”.

“India has a government that claims to be strong against its enemy, but New Delhi has been shown and exposed as weak. What they promised was a strong India, but what they got was an Indian army that ill-prepared to deal with an assertive China,” he said.

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According to experts talking to the EurAsian Times, the official figures of Chinese soldiers killed in border clashes will never come out. The Indian media claim that 30-40 Chinese soldiers have been killed, while there will never be an official statement from Indian or the Chinese government.

China later broke its silence over its casualties in the June 15 clash between Indian and Chinese troops while calling it a “fake news” reports that more than 40 Chinese soldiers were killed in the face-off in eastern Ladakh.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who repeatedly dodged questions on the casualties suffered by PLA Troops since the incident occurred, reacted to the remarks of former army chief General  V K Singh who said, if we lost 20 soldiers, more than double the number were killed on their side.

“As for what you saw in the media, for example, some people alleged that casualties on the Chinese amounted to 40. I can tell you for sure this is fake news, Zhao said, without giving any further details.

This was the first time China has commented on the casualties

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