The Chinese authorities first reported the deaths of their soldiers on the border with India last summer.
A report from the Political and Legal Commission of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party said that four soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) died in June 2020 during clashes in the mountainous region of Ladakh.
During negotiations between the military at the border, Indian soldiers reportedly attempted to cross the line of de facto control. Despite the numerical superiority of the enemy, a detachment of PLA soldiers tried to stop him. It is noted that the Indian military was armed with steel rods, sticks and stones. The head of the PRC delegation at the talks, Commander Qi Fabao, stepped forward and demanded that they immediately leave the territory and return beyond the line of actual control, but the enemy launched an attack and hand-to-hand combat began.
Standing in front of a line of Chinese soldiers, Qi Fabao found himself in the middle of the battle and was seriously injured. The battalion commander Chen Hongjun and the soldier Chen Xianrong tried to drag him into the depths of the formation, but were killed. Soldier Xiao Siyuan, who was filming the collision to collect evidence, was also killed. Another victim was the soldier Wang Zhozhan, he helped his colleagues to cross the mountain river, but in the end he himself fell into an icy stream.
It is reported that Qi Fabao was awarded the Border Guard Medal. The killed battalion commander Chen Hongjun, as well as soldiers Chen Xianrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhozhan were awarded the Border Guard medals posthumously.