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China arrests netizen for spreading “rumours” of death of Chinese troops in Galwan Valley clash

Chinese police have arrested a man for posting “rumours” on social media alleging that poor-quality military vehicles have caused the “death” of PLA soldiers during the India-China border clash, the official media here reported.

Recently, a netizen surnamed Zhou was arrested by police for “spreading rumours online stating that the poor quality of military vehicles supplied by the Dongfeng Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd. has caused the death of Chinese soldiers during the China-India border clash,” a report in Chinamil.com, which is attached to the Chinese Ministry of Defence, said.

On August 3, Dongfeng Company complained to police about the online post by Zhou after learning that he had posted “rumours” on his WeChat Moments by claiming that internal corruption in the company led to the poor quality of its military vehicles resulted in the casualties of Chinese soldiers on the China-India border, the report said on Thursday.

Zhou was arrested on August 4 by police. “He confessed to his crime of rumour-mongering, showed remorse, and wrote a sincere apology letter,” the report said.

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