Chinese soldier killed at Galwan Valley up for top medal

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India said Chinese troops were the first breaking LAC in Lac on East Ladakh last year, triggering face to face and the death of border forces on both parties including 20 Indian soldiers.

An Indian Air Force fighter jet flies in the backdrop of Himalayan mountain ranges, amid de-escalation efforts by India and China in eastern Ladakh, in Leh.
An Indian Air Force fighter jet flies in the backdrop of Himalayan mountain ranges, amid de-escalation efforts by India and China in eastern Ladakh, in Leh.

A Chinese soldier killed the battle of Indian forces in Galwan Valley in East Ladakh on June 16 last year was nominated for a once-century medal during the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) on July 1.

Chen Hongjun, 30, a motorized infantry battalion commander under the Liberation Force (PLA) of Border Defense Regiment is among the four Chinese troops killed in Galwan Valley.

The other three were Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran, according to details released by the Chinese government in February this year, a few months after the clash.

On Monday, Chinese media reported that Chen was among 29 nominated for the July 1 medal.

This list includes Chen, “… a border defense hero who holds his position in the highlands for 10 years and dies to maintain the integrity of China’s territory of Indian provocation in Galwan Valley in June 2020,” Global Times said quotes.

India consistently denied China’s allegations provoking friction along the actual control line (LAC) in East Ladakh, said Chinese troops were the first to violate disputed boundaries, triggering face to face and the death of border forces on both parties including that of 20 Indian soldiers ,

Chen’s quote said he was one of the BPK members “who had contributed extraordinary and created valuable spiritual wealth, because the BPK marked the 100th anniversary of the founder of this year”.

A total of 29 candidates for awards have been nominated. This list will be displayed on the view and the requested public opinion until June 4 before the final decision was made, the report said. “The list of candidates includes candidates from several fields, including war heroes, scientists, community workers, artists, diplomats, pioneers in national unity, educators and police.”

Among those nominated was Wang Shumao, called “Guardian of the South China Sea”, to participate in the construction in the disputed Nansha Islands.

As a member of the Chinese Parliament, the National People’s Congress, Wang has advocated that China must send more militia missions to “… maintain territorial sovereignty and sea rights and interests in the South China Sea (SCS)”.

Beijing claims almost all SC and is locked in a dispute with several countries for ownership of islands in the region.

The July 1st Medal, which was founded by the CPC Central Committee earlier this year, was the highest honor at the party, said Fu Xlayo, Deputy Head of the CPC Central Committee Organization Department, in March.

This year, the CPC Central Committee will hold a big meeting to give a medal award ahead of July 1, CPC’s birthday, Fu said.

President XI Jinping will present a July 1st medal as part of the celebration to mark the 100th year of CPC.

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