On Monday, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in what was termed a “violent face-off” with the Chinese army in the Ladakh region.
China has not released any information on the casualties suffered by the People’s Liberation Army soldiers during the face-off.
Editor-in-chief of Chinese state-run media Global Times on Tuesday said that Chinese doesn’t want to have a clash with India but they don’t fear to have it as well. He tweeted,
“Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash. I want to tell the Indian side, don’t be arrogant and misread China’s restraint as being weak. China doesn’t want to have a clash with India, but we don’t fear it.”
In another tweet, he wrote that the Xi Jinping-run government was refraining from sharing casualty numbers of Chinese troops regarding the violent face-off in Ladakh in a bid to avoid ‘stoking public mood.’ He remarked that Beijing did not want to compare casualty numbers of the two countries post the violent clashes as a sign of ‘goodwill’. He wrote,
“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.”
Soon, many angry Indians start slamming the journalist over his tweet. Amidst many, a retired Indian army officer, Major Gaurav Arya also took to his twitter and slammed the Chinese journalist.
Major Arya wrote that if the they want to show ‘goodwill’ then Chinese soldiers should return back. He also stated that they can hide casualties as they are an opaque communist state.
“If you want to show goodwill, leave the way you came. You can hide your casualties because you are an opaque communist state. We cannot and will not. The mood in India will soon turn ugly. And then we will have reached the point of no return.
There is no nice way to say this.”