New Delhi: For the first time, China has unveiled the names and detailed stories of four martyrs who died in the border confrontation with India in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June 2020. Four Chinese soldiers, who were sacrificed in last June’s border conflict, were posthumously awarded honorary titles and first-class merit citations, Central Military Commission announced on Friday. A colonel, who led them and seriously injured, was conferred with honorary title, tweeted People’s Daily, China today.Also Read - Galwan Hero Colonel Santosh Babu's Father Not '100% Satisfied' With Mahavir Chakra

“Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan, and Wang Zhuoran died a fierce struggle against ‘foreign troops’, Reuters reported citing Chinese media.  The development comes nearly 8 months after China refused to reveal details of soldiers who lost their lives in the violent clash in Galwan.

Disengagement of Chinese, Indian troops Going on Smoothly

Yesterday, Beijing asserted that the disengagement process of the Chinese and Indian frontline troops at the eastern Ladakh border was progressing smoothly and expressed hope that both sides will make concerted efforts to achieve the goal.

After nine months of border standoff in eastern Ladakh, the two armies reached an agreement on disengagement in the North and South banks of Pangong Lake that mandates both sides to cease forward deployment of troops in a “phased, coordinated and verifiable” manner.

Earlier this week, the Indian Army had released short videos and photographs showing thinning down of troops and dismantling of bunkers, camps, and other facilities by the Chinese military in the areas around the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh in line with the agreed disengagement process between the two sides.

The visuals also showed the Chinese People”s Liberation Army (PLA) using a bulldozer to flatten some structures, and vehicles with troops and equipment preparing to retreat to rear bases as part of the infantry disengagement.

About June 15, 2020, Galwan Clash: 

At least 20 Indian Army personnel (including Colonel B Santosh Babu, the Commanding Officer of the 16 Bihar Regiment, and 19 jawans) have lost their lives in the violent clash with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020.

A total of 76 Indian soldiers were injured in the bloodied fight. The fatalities on June 15 were the first deaths in an India-China border clash since 1975.