India-China dispute: Blogger detained for demeaning soldier ‘heroes’

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This video frame grab taken from footage recorded in mid-June 2020 and released by China Central Television (CCTV) on February 20, 2021 shows Chinese (foreground) and Indian soldiers (R, background) during an incident where troops from both countries clashed

Chinese (foreground) and Indian troopers (R, background) throughout the incident the place troops from each nations clashed

Police in China have arrested a blogger over feedback he made about Chinese troopers who died in a Himalayan border conflict with Indian troops final 12 months.

The 38-year-old man had “maliciously distorted the truth” concerning the battle, stated authorities.

He is certainly one of at the very least seven people who China has detained for his or her allegedly inappropriate remarks on this incident.

The incident, which occurred final June, was the primary lethal conflict within the disputed border space in 45 years.

A Chinese legislation handed in 2018 bans folks from “slandering heroes and martyrs”.

However, an individual can solely be criminally charged for this offence beneath an modification to China’s prison legislation, which comes into impact subsequent month, in line with a column by China Daily.

This would allow these charged beneath this legislation to be imprisoned for as much as three years.

“If [Qiu] committed the offence ten days later, he would be the first person punished by this law. It’s a pity,” stated a columnist with China Daily.

‘Slandering heroes’

According to a press release issued by the Nanjing Public Security Bureau, the person – recognized solely by his surname Qiu – was arrested on 19 February.

The 38-year-old blogger had 2.5 million followers on Weibo, in line with native reviews. The BBC was unable to confirm this as his account has since been eliminated.

Microblogging website Weibo introduced final week that Mr Qiu’s account had been banned for one 12 months.

The man has since confessed to “illegal behaviour to gain the attention of netizens, distorting facts on Weibo and slandering and demeaning the heroes defending the border”.

A view of the memorial service desk at the home of Xiao Siyuan, one of the four PLA soldiers killed in the last year's border clash

A view of the memorial service desk on the home of Xiao Siyuan, one of many 4 PLA troopers killed within the final 12 months’s border conflict

He has since been detained for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – a cost generally used in opposition to critics. The similar cost has been used in opposition to a handful of different individuals who have additionally been detained for his or her remarks on the identical incident – what precisely they stated has not been revealed.

China had earlier final week revealed for the primary time that 4 of its troopers died in a conflict with Indian troops on the Galwan Valley in India’s Ladakh area.

Previously, India stated that 20 of its troopers had been killed in final 12 months’s conflict, whereas Beijing acknowledged casualties however didn’t disclose particulars.

China’s army information outlet PLA Daily named the “heroic” Chinese troopers who gave their “youth, blood and even life” to the area – Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran. They had been all given posthumous awards.

India and China have been locked in a border dispute for many years. The root explanation for the strain is an ill-defined, 3,440km (2,100-mile)-long disputed border referred to as the Line of Actual Control.

Rivers, lakes and snowcaps alongside the frontier imply the road can shift, bringing troopers nose to nose at many factors, sparking a confrontation. The two nations nonetheless have a long-standing settlement to not use weapons or explosives alongside the border.

In January this 12 months, the 2 armies additionally clashed alongside the border within the north-east in India’s Sikkim state, leaving troops on each side injured.

But India and China have since agreed to “disengage” from the border are actually within the midst of pulling again troops from elements of it.

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