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RightNow Times: China-India conflict: China “releases 10 Indian soldiers”

RightNow Times: According to Indian media reports, after the fatal conflict between China and India in the disputed Galwan Valley, China released 10 Indian soldiers.

Earlier, the fighting in the Gallevan Valley killed at least 20 Indian soldiers and injured 76 Indian soldiers. This was the first fatal conflict in 45 years between China and India, both countries. Both sides accused each other of invading the territory.

RightNow Times: Despite the intensive dialogue between the military personnel of the two countries, both sides have no signs of withdrawing troops from the front line. At the same time, the confrontation between the two peoples continued to intensify.

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RightNow Times: According to a number of Indian media citing military sources, after negotiations between China and India through diplomatic and military channels, China released 10 Indian soldiers detained in the conflict between the two countries on June 15. Reuters also cited sources from the Indian government to confirm the news.

The 10 released persons included a lieutenant colonel and three majors. The Indian government has not confirmed whether Indian soldiers are still missing or detained.

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A group of Army troops outside the town of Baldell in Srinagar, India-controlled Kashmir, stopped for a rest (16/6/2020)
RightNow Times: The two countries have reached a consensus that no guns are allowed within two kilometers of both sides of the border.

RightNow Times: According to Indian media, 10 released persons returned to the Indian side of the actual line of control on the Sino-Indian border on the evening of Thursday (June 18).

New Delhi Television (NDTV) said that when these soldiers were detained, the media chose to postpone the announcement to ensure that there were no risks in the negotiations.

The conflict that broke out last weekend killed at least 20 Indian soldiers. Indian media quoted unconfirmed news that at least 40 Chinese soldiers died in the conflict, but China has not yet released any casualties.

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RightNow Times: However, a spokesperson for the PLA’s western theater said Tuesday (June 16) that the fierce physical conflict between the two sides “caused casualties.”

It is reported that due to the conflict between the armed forces of the two countries on the plateau at an altitude of nearly 4,300 meters, the terrain is quite steep, and some soldiers fell into the rushing Galavan River, when the temperature was less than zero degrees.

Shiv Aroor, senior editor of India Today’s India Today, said the release of Indian soldiers was a key issue in the negotiations between the two sides on Wednesday.

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China’s official cold, folk fever

RightNow Times: This conflict is the most serious border conflict between China and India in the number of casualties that broke out in decades. However, due to the continuation of the previously low-key handling mode, the domestic public opinion in China has shown official coldness and popular fever.

In addition to broadcasting the previous statements of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson and the Western Theater Spokesperson on this issue, the three traditional Chinese mouthpiece media Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily and CCTV have not released relevant editorials.

RightNow Times: It is the Global Times under the People’s Daily that speaks more about the situation in China and India. This official newspaper, often with a strong nationalist tendency, also expressed restraint in this incident.

“The border is the most sensitive nerve in Sino-Indian relations. It calms down first, so that Sino-Indian friendship and cooperation can be generally calm,” the newspaper wrote in a social commentary.

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China Youth Network suddenly published an old news of the 1962 Sino-Indian War on a prominent position on the official website on Friday.
RightNow Times: China Youth Network suddenly published an old news of the 1962 Sino-Indian War on a prominent position on the official website on Friday.

RightNow Times: Some other media reported in a more obscure way. The “China Youth Network” sponsored by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China suddenly published an old story “Memory of the Eastern Front Battlefield-The Counterattack of China-India Border Self-Defense” on the official website on Friday (June 19), reviewing the progress of China and India in 1962 The history of border wars.

Although the official wants to cool down the conflict, many Chinese netizens have expressed their dissatisfaction with India under the official Weibo account of the Indian Embassy in China.

“Do you fight? Come and accompany! Come on! Now that you are going to do it, don’t let it go, let’s go,” said a Weibo netizen.

Some netizens demanded that India return the territory of southern Tibet (Arunachal Pradesh in India).

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Location of the Calvin Valley

RightNow Times: “Although the Chinese are calm, they are not soft persimmons. India weighs itself and still occupies our territory. You are dreaming every day,” another netizen commented.

However, some Chinese netizens questioned why China has not announced the specific casualties of Chinese soldiers so far, and whether it has “hidden”.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, previously said on social media that he believes this is “goodwill” released by China.

RightNow Times: “China has not released the casualty figures of PLA soldiers in physical conflict with Indian soldiers. I understand that China does not want the people of the two countries to compare the casualty figures of the two sides to stimulate the public sentiment of the two countries. This is Beijing’s goodwill,” Hu Xijin Wrote.

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Anti-Chinese protests on the streets of India

RightNow Times: In contrast, the anger of the Indian people is more intense.

Although still in the new crown epidemic, from Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat, many cities in India have set off anti-China protests. An angry crowd took to the streets, burning the Chinese flag and the portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In Bhopal, India, anti-Chinese demonstrators chanted slogans and burned posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
RightNow Times: In Bhopal, India, anti-Chinese demonstrators chanted slogans and burned posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

RightNow Times: An affluent community in southern Delhi even publicly “declared war on China” and announced a boycott of Chinese goods.

Many Indian people also launched a boycott on social media. In the western city of Surat, a citizen dropped a Chinese-made LCD TV from the second floor in front of a local media reporter.

The Confederation of All India Traders has also joined the call to boycott Chinese manufactured products. The organization has published a list of 450 major categories of boycotts, ranging from cosmetics to apparel and furniture. A variety of Chinese products.

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RightNow Times: In addition, a photo of the weapon allegedly used in the conflict between the two countries was exposed, which further aroused the anger of some Indian people. A picture provided to the BBC by a senior officer in the Indian border area showed that one of the original weapons used in the conflict was an iron rod with spikes, similar to the ancient weapon mace. He claimed that these weapons were used by the Chinese.

Indian military expert Ajai Shukla also posted photos of the weapon on Twitter and said that the weapon used by Chinese soldiers to attack Indian soldiers is “barbarous” and should be condemned.

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RightNow Times: An Indian military figure provided the BBC with pictures showing the original weapon used by the two sides fighting, which was an iron rod with spikes.

RightNow Times: In addition, many Indian celebrities, including Rahul Gandhi, a member of the opposition Congress party, publicly questioned the authorities why the Indian soldiers were not armed with weapons to the front.

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar responded that all soldiers in the border area carried weapons while on duty, especially when leaving the post, but did not fire according to the long-standing practice of China and India.

RightNow Times: What Su Jiesheng refers to is an agreement reached between China and India in 1996, which stipulates that neither China nor India can fire guns, conduct explosive operations, or use guns or explosives to hunt within two kilometers of the actual control line. To prevent the situation from escalating.

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Indian people bid farewell to Indian soldiers who died in the conflict.
RightNow Times: Indian people bid farewell to Indian soldiers who died in the conflict.

RightNow Times: However, Su Jiesheng’s answer did not quell Indian public resentment. Rahul Pandita, a well-known Indian journalist, commented on Twitter that although there is an agreement, if the commander is injured by nails and iron thorns, he still cannot use the weapon. Where is the meaning.

Another well-known Indian media person, Ashutosh, also questioned why Indian soldiers did not use weapons to defend themselves

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