China asks families to cremate forces killed in Galwan clash, no burials allowed: US intelligence assessment

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Srinagar: The United States Intelligence Community, in its recent assessment, over the recent clash of India and China in Ladakh, said that China government is not allowing families of slain armed forces to conduct their burials.

According to a report by a Delhi based news organisation Times of India, China seems to be reluctant about explicitly acknowledging the sacrifice made by their forces personnel.

The violent face-off triggered between the two countries on June 15, in which casualties were recorded from both the sides. In Indian side, 20 forces personnel were killed during the clash.

The killings followed the condolence from Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, stating that sacrifice of these families is worth worshipping.

According to the US assessment, China is reluctant to accept the sacrifice made by the Chinese forces in Galwan.

On the other hand, India has alleged China of not following the points decided in the meeting between the two countries leading to an escalation of a violent clash.

According to Indian Ministry of External Affairs, China has suffered 43 casualties, while as the American intelligence states that 35 casualties might have taken place from the Chinese side.

In this context, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs has asked the families of the armed forces personnel who died in the clash that they must cremate the soldiers’ remains and if any funeral services will be conducted, it should not be conducted remotely.

Reports suggest that China, apparently, is afraid of triggering the sentiments of people if they get to see the images of gravestones of the soldiers who’ve died in the clash.

On July 10, amid the troop disengagement from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, Chinese envoy H E Sun Weidong called for mutual cooperation between Indian and China, stating that the two countries should be ‘partners rather than rivals’.

“China and India have a history of friendly exchanged for more than 2,000 years. Friendly cooperation has dominated most of the time. For both India and China achieving development revitalisation is the top priority where we share long-term strategic interests,” Weidong said while discussing  about the prevalent relations between the two countries.


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