China’s Communist Party held its 20th national Congress on Sunday, inaugurated by President Xi Jinping. The key meeting was attended by the Chinese military commander Qi Fabao, who was injured in the Galwan Valley clash in June last year. A clip from the Galwan clash was screened at the meeting.
The visual screened had an image of Fabao, which was widely circulated by the Chinese propaganda media after the Galwan Valley clash. In the clip, he could be seen with his arms outstretched facing Indian soldiers, a Hindustan Times report said.
A video showcasing CPC’s feats was screened at the event, a small portion of which had the Galwan Valley footage. Apart from that, other expected visuals of China’s space programme and its new home-grown passenger jet, the C919, were also showcased at the 20th Congress, The Hindu reported.
Xi Jinping begun his speech by hailing the Communist Party’s rule and noting that the gathering came at a crucial time. Hailing his country, Jinping said, “China protected people’s safety and health to the highest degree and achieved significant positive results in coordinating epidemic prevention and control with social and economic development", an AFP report said.
Notably, Xi Jinping made no mention of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the major ripple effects the conflict has had on the global economy.
The footage was played ahead of Xi Jinping’s speech at the opening. He addressed the nearly 2,300 delegates and invitees during his speech at the opening thereafter. The delegates were walking in when the footage, seemingly sourced from PLA was getting played, Hindustan Times reported.
The national congress took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Fabao was one of the 304 delegates from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police chosen to attend the all-important meeting of the party.
An image of Fabao was widely circulated by the Chinese propaganda media, where he could be seen with his arms outstretched facing Indian soldiers. The footage screened at the Congress had the image. Fabao is a prominent face in Chinese politics. Apart from being a regiment commander, he was selected among the party’s 2,296 delegates from around the country.
Chinese news agency Xinhua stated that Congress delegates need to be “exemplary". “Political integrity is put first in the assessment. According to the party leadership, the candidates should first and foremost have solid ideals and convictions and high moral standards,” Xinhua reported earlier this year.
The footage screened at the Congress showed him rushing towards Indian troops at Galwan Valley. As per Chinese media, the moment showcased in the video was captured ahead of the violent clash between the border troops of the two countries on June 15, 2020.
In his speech on Sunday, Xi said China will “intensify military training under combat conditions, laying emphasis on joint training, force-on-force training and high-tech training”. He said China will become more “adept at deploying our military forces on a regular basis…This will enable us to shape our security posture, deter and manage crises and conflicts, and win local wars.” He did not mention any particular country in reference to “local wars”.
The Galwan Valley clash, that took place between Indian and Chinese militaries in June 2020, led to India losing 20 troops. Back then, India had spoken up against China’s attempts to politicize the clash.