23 Sep 2020
A video has surfaced on social media in which a group of young People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers are seen sobbing while heading towards the India-China border at Ladakh to face the Indian Army, amid the tensions between the two countries.
On September 20, Pakistani comedian Zaid Hamid posted a video on Facebook, wherein several PLA recruits are seen crying on a bus as they are being transferred to the border area in Ladakh.
The troops are struggling to sing the words to the PLA song “Green Flowers in the Army”, Taiwan News reported. The video was originally posted on the WeChat page of Fuyang City Weekly, before it was removed.
The original footage shows 10 new troops from Fuyang City’s Yingzhou district in Anhui province of China. All the fresh recruits were reportedly college students and five of them had “proactively volunteered to serve in Tibet,” which borders the Ladakh region, where the standoff between Indian and Chinese armies took place at Galwan valley in June. That faceoff led to the death of 20 Indian troops.
The video was reportedly shot at Fuyang Railway Station while the troops were preparing to head to a military camp in Hebei province, according to Taiwan News.