Fact Check

Old, undated videos and images shared as recent visuals from December 9 clash

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Claim

600 Chinese Troops Tried to Enter inside Northeast India….Indian Side Beat the Hell out of Them… Both the Sides Suffered injuries, No Casualty… Nearly 12 Chinese Captured later released…. The incident reported to have happened on 9-Dec. #ArunachalPradesh #China #India

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Clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

#Army #China #IndianaJones

#IndiaChina #Tawang #ArunachalPradesh

#IndianArmy #Today

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Somebody convey the condition of their Chinese soldiers to Antonio and Richa Chadha…!

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These Chinese do not know this, the Indian Army does not depend on weapons, their courage is their strength and inspiration.

Jai Hind Jai Bharat 🇮🇳

I’m proud of my #Indian #ARMY 🇮🇳

#Tawang #ArunachalPradesh

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Explanation

The Indian Army said on 12, December 2022 that there had been a clash with Chinese troops in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh on 9, December 2022 leaving soldiers from both sides with minor injuries. Following this, several videos and images are doing rounds on the internet claiming as visuals from the recent clash. Though these social media posts have different captions, they are being shared in the context that the visuals are recent ones. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here, here, here and here.

What is the truth?

We ran a reverse search of the keyframes of all the viral videos, searched the image using Google lens, and also searched with relevant keywords while searching to know if the visuals were from December 9 clash.

Claim 1

The NDTV article dated 22, June 2020 titled ‘Video Shows High-Altitude Clash Between Indian, Chinese Troops In Sikkim’ is found carrying this viral video. It is reported, “it is not clear on when the video was shot but it has emerged on a day India and China held top military talks on the Chinese side of the border to discuss the Galwan face-off and other points of dispute.”

The same video can also be seen published on CRUX Youtube channel on 23, June 2020 with the title ‘A Video Of Indian And Chinese Soldiers Fighting In Sikkim Surfaces Amid India China Military Talks’. The description part says that it is unclear on when was it shot.

Claim 2

A tweet by Nitin A. Gokhale dated 31, May 2020 is found with this viral video with the caption, “One injured Chinese soldier is on the ground even as Indian soldiers (both from ITBP and Army) are chasing away the PLA soldiers who have abandoned their Humvee. Most probably on the northern banks the Pangang Tso. Again date not known.” Even this tweet mentions that the date is unknown.

Claim 3

The ‘Money Control’ article dated 20, February 2021 with the title ’Galwan Valley clash | China releases visuals of bloody face-off’ is found carrying a set of images mentioning that they were from June 2020 Galwan clash. This particular image matching the visual from the viral video is captioned ‘Soldiers bandage the head of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) regimental commander Qi Fabao as Indian and Chinese troops face off in the Galwan Valley’.

The ‘South China Morning Post’ article dated 22, February 2021 published a video mentioning that China has shared a dramatic on-site video of a June 2020 clash along the nation’s Himalayan border with India. The visuals from the viral video match the video on this page.

Claim 4

The video mentioned above from the ‘South China Morning Post’ article also has visuals matching this viral image.

The ‘Daily Mail’ article dated 19, February 2021 with the title ‘China releases footage of ‘medieval’ fight to the death with Indian troops on Himalayan border after four of its soldiers were killed in brutal fighting with fists, stones and sticks’ is found carrying several images and one of them matches the viral image.

Conclusion

We could not ascertain the exact date of some of the visuals but we found them to be at least 2 years old. And we could corroborate that these viral visuals are not from the recent December 9 clash. Some of them are from June 2020 Galwan clash and some surfaced since June 2020 Galwan clash.

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