China has released a video showing the battle between the Chinese and Indian troops over the Himalayan border that left 27 soldiers dead last June.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) confirmed on Friday that four of its soldiers were killed during a bloody border clash which was previously reported as violent brawls with attacks of "steel tubes, cudgels and stones".
In a video they shared on the state television broadcaster, soldiers are seen wearing riot gears and arming themselves with shields and clubs as they defend the border at the Galway River Valley.
The PLA soldiers march through the water and wield steel tubes in the air to warn the Indian troops to step back.
Some of them hold shields marked with the word "POLICE" on the front.
A narration claims: "Regimental commander Qi Fabao brought over some soldiers to negotiate peace terms with the foreign military but was brutally attacked."
Hundreds of soldiers are seen gathering on the mountainside at night before the video is cut to show one Chinese soldier bleeding in the head.
China’s defence ministry confirmed that four Chinese soldiers and officers were killed and they had all been bestowed with honours and named martyrs.
A ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said China had decided to reveal the details of casualties on Friday to clear up rumours over the incident.
He said: "The Indian Army illegally crossed the line and took the lead in provocation, attacking the Chinese and creating conflicts in the Galwan Valley. The Indian side was solely responsible for it.
"The Indian side has repeatedly hyped up casualties and distorted the truth."
On Wednesday, India’s northern command chief Lieutenant General YK Joshi said the two countries had come close to a fully-fledged conflict for Ladakh’s Kailash Range heights in August, and that the June clash had caused serious casualties to the Chinese side.
He said in an interview with Indian English-language broadcaster CNN-News18: "We were able to count a large number of casualties, which were being picked up on stretchers and taken back.
"More than 60 actually, but whether they were fatal or non-fatal, we can’t say with authority so I will not give a figure."
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