The two sides fought with fists, stones, and nailed-studded bamboo poles, in what was the deadliest border conflict between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbors in additional than 40 years. New Delhi beforehand stated a minimum of 20 Indian troopers died through the brawl within the Galwan Valley space.On Friday, China’s official military newspaper, PLA Daily, stated a battalion commander, Chen Hongjun, and three troopers — Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran — had died within the “fierce battle” defending the border, and got posthumous awards.An award was additionally given to Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, who was severely injured within the conflict, in accordance with the report. PLA Daily didn’t reveal the troopers’ ranks.According to the PLA Daily report, “overseas army” troops violated an settlement with China and crossed the border into the Chinese facet to arrange tents. The report additionally claimed that when Qi led just a few PLA troopers to barter, the Indian facet deployed extra troopers in an try to power the Chinese troops to concede.China and India have blamed one another for the skirmish. A supply within the Indian army beforehand informed CNN that the dispute began over a Chinese tent that was constructed the evening earlier than the conflict. Indian troops, in accordance with the supply, tore it down. The subsequent day, Chinese troopers armed with stones and bamboo sticks with nails returned, the supply stated, and attacked unprepared Indian troops. CNN is unable to independently affirm this account of occasions.Disputed borderIndia and China share a 2,100 mile-long (3,379-kilometer) border within the Himalayas, which in locations is poorly outlined and hotly disputed. Both sides declare territory on both facet of it.The June 2020 conflict erupted close to Pangong Tso, a strategically vital lake positioned some 14,000 ft (4,267 meters) above sea stage, which spans an space stretching from the Indian territory of Ladakh to Chinese-controlled Tibet, within the better Kashmir area the place India, China and Pakistan all declare territory.In 1962, India and China went to battle over this distant, inhospitable stretch of land, ultimately establishing the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border straddled by Pangong Tso. However, the 2 international locations don’t agree on the LAC’s exact location and each frequently accuse the opposite of overstepping it, or in search of to develop their territory. Since then, they’ve had a historical past of largely non-lethal scuffles over the place of the border.In September, the 2 international locations agreed to cease sending extra troops to the border, following an escalation in tensions between New Delhi and Beijing. The scenario was quickly resolved, with the 2 sides participating in a number of rounds of talks.But one other “minor” face-off erupted between the 2 sides in January, in accordance with the Indian Army, although it stated that “was resolved by native commanders as per established protocols.” On February 10, China’s Defense Ministry stated the 2 international locations had began to disengage alongside the south and north shores of Pangong Tso after reaching an settlement with India.According to satellite tv for pc pictures, China has withdrawn troops, dismantled infrastructure and vacated camps alongside the disputed border.Satellite images taken on January 30 by US-based Maxar Technologies confirmed a variety of Chinese deployments alongside Pangong Tso. In new pictures taken on Tuesday, dozens of automobiles and constructing constructions had been eliminated, leaving empty land.CNN’s Brad Lendon, James Griffiths and Jessie Yeung contributed reporting.