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Jianli Yang hasn’t claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in the Galwan Clashes

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Screenshot of a tweet purportedly from the Twitter handle ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’ is doing the rounds on social media. ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’ is the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In the tweet, it is mentioned that former Chinese military official and son of a leader in the Chinese Communist Party, Jianli Yang has claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in a faceoff with India on ‘15 June 2020’ at Galwan valley. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Former Chinese military official, Jianli Yang claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in a faceoff with India on ‘15 June 2020’ at Galwan valley.

Fact: Jianli Yang is not a former Chinese military official, and he hasn’t claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in the Galwan valley clashes. Moreover, the tweet is not from the official Twitter account of ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

The tweet in the screenshot was from the account with the name ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’ and Twitter handle starting with ‘@tsaiin..’. With this information, when we searched on Twitter, the account (‘@tsaiing_wen’) was found and it had the same tweet as seen in the screenshot. But the official Twitter handle of ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is ‘@iingwen’ and has a verified symbol to the account.  So, the tweet was not from the official Twitter account of ‘Tsai Ing-Wen’, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). 

When we looked if Jianli Yang had claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in a faceoff with India at Galwan valley on ‘15 June 2020’, no news reports corroborating the same were found. But, in an article written by Jianli Yang for ‘The Washington Times’, he wrote that the Communist Party of China has not provided details of the Chinese soldiers killed in the Galwan incident, but the Indian government has paid a solid tribute to its soldiers. In that article, Jianli Yang did not claim anything about 100 Chinese soldiers being killed in a faceoff with India at Galwan valley. Neither did he post about it on his Twitter account.

Moreover, Jianli Yang is not a former military officer of China as stated in the post. He is a dissident of Chinese communism; he works to bring democracy in China and lives in America. More information about him can be read here

To sum it up, the news that Jianli Yang has claimed that more than 100 Chinese soldiers were killed in the Galwan incident is fake.

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