By G9ija

The Ladakh region in India, near China’s border. Photo: Photononstop

The men died after fighting “foreign troops” who “crossed into the Chinese border”, said Chinese state media.

The skirmish had taken place in the Galwan Valley in India’s Ladakh region, and soldiers had reportedly fought with stones and nail-studded clubs.

It was the first deadly clash in the disputed border area in 45 years.

Previously India said that 20 of its soldiers were killed in last year’s clash, while Beijing acknowledged casualties but did not disclose details.

On Friday, China’s military news outlet PLA Daily named the “heroic” Chinese soldiers who gave their “youth, blood and even life” to the region – Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran. They were all given posthumous awards.