Death Toll From Border Battle Between China, India Significantly Higher Than Initially Reported

Initial reports on the number of soldiers who were killed in a border battle this week between India and communist China suggested that several soldiers were killed. However, as more information becomes available it appears as though dozens of soldiers may have been killed on both sides.

The New York Times was one of the first media outlets to report on the skirmish and said that three Indian soldiers were killed. Reuters reported that, according to an Indian Army official, there were casualties on both sides.

U.S. News & World Report later reported that Indian government officials had told a local publication that 20 Indian soldiers had died in the fighting and that somewhere between 35 and 43 Chinese soldiers were also killed

U.S. News & World Report reported:

American intelligence believes 35 Chinese troops died, including one senior officer, a source familiar with that assessment tells U.S. News. The incident took place during a meeting in the mountainous region between the two sides – both of which had agreed to disarm – to determine how the two militaries would safely withdraw their presences from the region.

According to the U.S. assessment, the Chinese government considers the casualties among their troops as a humiliation for its armed forces and has not confirmed the numbers for fear of emboldening other adversaries, the source says.

The sources who spoke with the Times said 43 Chinese troops died in the fighting.

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