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A clip from the Galwan Valley conflict was aired at the start of the 20th Congress

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A clip from the Galwan Valley conflict was aired at the start of the 20th Congress
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a meeting commending role models of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo – RC2RIT993BUJ

BEIJING: On Sunday, the Communist Party of China (CPC) held its twentieth national congress in Beijing’s Great Corridor of the People. The event was attended by the Chinese army commander hurt in the Galwan Valley battle with Indian troops in June 2020.

Qi Fabao was one of 304 representatives from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police who were selected to attend the crucial gathering’s assembly. President Xi Jinping gave a lengthy speech to the over 2,300 delegates and guests in attendance to officially start the Congress.

A PLA regiment commander, Qi’s status as a delegate to the national congress was further enhanced on Sunday after video of him charging Indian forces at Galwan Valley in advance of their bloody border combat on June 15, 2020, was played in the Great Hall of People.

A lengthy video demonstrating the accomplishments of the CPC in several disciplines included the small clip. After the Galwan Valley incident, the specific video, which appeared to have come from the PLA during the build-up to the conflict, was extensively circulated on social media.

It was shown once more on enormous screens on Sunday at the Great Auditorium, where important CPC gatherings like the Congress are held, in advance of Xi’s arrival and speech as well as as the delegates were entering.

China will, according to Xi in his speech on Sunday, “intensify military training under combat conditions, laying emphasis on joint training, force-on-force training and high-tech training”.

India declared a diplomatic boycott of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in February of this year, following China’s selection of Qi as one of the torchbearers in advance of the Games’ start. Qi was one of the 1,200 torchbearers who participated in the Beijing Games torch relay that took place in Beijing on Wednesday. In the battle in Galwan Valley, India lost 20 soldiers, and China also lost four soldiers.

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