More than a decade-old image of Chinese soldiers is shared as Galwan clash in 2020


Pictures of Chinese soldiers eliminated in action surfaced online today. most likely from the Galwan clash as there had been no incident of the Army involved and remember these are not Jawans but officer level

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Actress Richa Chadha retweeted a post about Commanding-in-Chief’s statement mentioning ‘Galwan says hi’ which she deleted later and apologised. Following this tweet as a reply to her tweet, social media users shared an image of deceased soldiers with the claim that it is a picture of Chinese soldiers eliminated from the Galwan clash. Some of the posts can be seen here, here, here, here and here. The clash between India and China in Galwan valley was in 2020. The social media posts mention that the image pops up the next day after Richa Chadha’s post.

What is the truth?

When the viral image is searched with Google lens ‘Zhuanlan Zhihu’ website is found carrying the image in its four-year-old article mentioning it as a picture taken from a 1998 rainstorm. It is mentioned that the image was of soldiers who died fighting against floods. It has mentioned ‘Documentary Screenshot’ as source.

A Chinese website ‘Sina’ published the viral image on 8, December 2010 mentioning ‘on December 7th, the coffins of 15 soldiers who died in the bush fire in Daofu County, Sichuan Province’.

Another Chinese website ‘China News’ published this photo on 7, December 2010 mentioning ‘Remains of 15 firefighting heroes arrive in Kangding, Sichuan’.

Though we couldn’t ascertain the exact incident at which the viral image was caught, we found it to be at least 12 years old and not related to the Galwan clash.


It is found that at least 12-year-old image of deceased Chinese soldiers is shared as an image from the Galwan clash in 2020.

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