Police in east China’s Nanjing City have arrested a popular blogger for social media posts about military casualties in the Galwan Valley clashes with India.
Nanjing Public Security Bureau said on Saturday that 38-year-old Qiu Ziming had been charged with “picking quarrels and causing trouble,” a vague felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. .
Authorities accused him of humiliating military victims of the border clash, the South China Morning Post reported.
Qiu, a former reporter for the weekly Economic Observer, had 2.5 million subscribers on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo when he published two articles on Friday suggesting that a commander survived the clashes because he was the highest ranking officer.
He also suggested that more Chinese soldiers may have been killed in the conflict than those disclosed by authorities.
The Chinese military on Friday broke its months-long silence to say that four soldiers – Chen Hongjun, 33, Xiao Siyuan, 24, Wang Zhuoran, 24, and Chen Xiangrong, 18 – were killed in the conflict in the Galwan Valley in June. Their commander Qi Fabao, 41, was seriously injured.
State media also published footage of the clash showing Qi marching with open arms towards Indian troops and trying to stop them.
Earlier in February, the Russian news agency TASS claimed that 45 Chinese soldiers had been killed in the clashes in the Galwan Valley.
In a comment on Saturday, the state-run Xinhua News Agency accused Qiu of “damaging the reputation of heroes, hurting nationalistic sentiments and poisoning patriotic hearts” with his sensational messages.
The Chinese Communist Party has long been accused of suppressing the idea that could undermine radical authority.
In recent years, the government has attempted to muzzle the critics by making them disappear without a trace, ordering people to physically break into their homes, or locking up critics’ relatives as a kind of blackmail.
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