FACT CHECK: WhatsApp forward on 30 Chinese soldiers' death is fake
Guwahati: Amid talks and rising tension following the reported face-off between Indian army and Chinese troops on Monday, a WhatsApp message that apparently claims that at least 30 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops were killed during the incident in Galwan Valley is now doing the rounds of social media.
The largely forwarded WhatsApp message finds its way to a bulletin of an English news channel. As of now, there is no evidence to support these claims although the message was attributed to Global Times which is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government. Although the Global Times editor-in-chief confirms the causality, the same has not been released on any official document about the names and numbers.
According to the viral message, it claims that the news was published in Global Times on Wednesday at “0:57:25” and stated that, “Chinese and Indian troops engaged in serious physical clashes all through the night of 15 June at Galwan valley. The Indian side has accepted 20 of its soldiers were killed. A spokesperson for the Western Theatre Command that oversees defenses of China's border with India has released the names of 30 Chinese troops killed by Indian action.”
However, a simple search in the Global Times website reveals that no such information has been shared. Even searching Google with relevant keywords leads to no results.
EastMojo did a fact check on the Twitter account of Global Times and the news does not appear in its handle as well. Typing some names of the Chinese soldiers in Google leads to a Facebook post which links an article of ChinaNews. However, on clicking the link, one will be forwarded to the homepage of the website and not to the actual news.
The editor-in-chief of Global Times Hu Xijin on June 16 also 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.”
(With added inputs from The Quint)