A blogger who “slanders” a soldier who died in a collision is imprisoned


This video frame was recorded in mid-June 2020 and was taken from a video released by China Central Television (CCTV) on February 20, 2021, showing Indian soldiers crossing a river during an incident. Is shown.

Tensions between India and China culminated in a confrontation along the disputed borders of the Himalayan region last June.

Last year, a blogger who commented on a Chinese soldier clashing with Indian troops at the Himalayan border was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Qiu Ziming (38) was convicted of “slandering heroes and martyrs.”

According to the Global Times of the state newspaper, he is the first criminal accusation for the crime after the revision of the Chinese criminal law.

A person charged under this law may be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

Mr Qiu was also ordered to publicly apologize. He appeared on the national broadcast CCTV and described himself as “very embarrassed.”

“My actions destroyed my conscience,” he said, according to the Global Times.

Tensions between India and China culminated in a confrontation along the disputed borders of the Himalayan region last June.

At that time, Delhi said 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the fighting. Beijing admitted casualties, but did not provide further details.

Later, it announced that four soldiers had died.

It was the first fatal conflict in 45 years in a conflicting border area.

“Hero of slander”

Qiu, who has 2.5 million big fans on the microblogging site Weibo, wrote a problematic post on February 10th.

He was detained and later confessed that he “distorted the facts about Weibo, an illegal act to get the attention of the Internet people, slandered and insulted the hero who defended the border.”

Weibo also announced that it will ban Qiu’s account for a year.

India and China have been involved in border conflicts for decades. The root cause of tension is an obscure, 3,440 km (2,100 mile) long, disputed border called the border.

Rivers, lakes, and snow crowns along the border mean that they can change the line of battle, and at many points soldiers face each other, causing conflict. However, the two countries have a long-standing agreement not to use guns or explosives along the border.

In January of this year, the two troops also clashed along the border in Sikkim, India, injuring both troops.

However, India and China have since agreed to “withdraw” from the border and are currently in the process of withdrawing troops from parts of the border.

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