China’s army has recruited 20 mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from a notorious “orphan fight club” to join its border militia in Chinese-occupied Tibet, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Saturday, citing Chinese state media reports.
The move comes shortly after deadly hand-to-hand combat broke out between Indian and Chinese border troops in the western Himalayas on June 15.
The announcement occurred two weeks after hand-to-hand combat broke out between Indian and Chinese border troops in the Galwan Valley, located in India’s northeastern state of Ladakh.
According to Indian media reports, Chinese troops used improvised weapons, such as clubs studded with nails and batons wrapped in barbed wire, to attack the Indian soldiers.
However, Indian media reports citing military and government sources say that the Chinese side suffered at least twice as many casualties as the Indian side.