China has for the first time acknowledged that four of its troops were killed during a mountain border clash with India last summer.

The death of the soldiers, the youngest of whom was 19, came as China and India fought in the Himalayan Galwan Valley in June in the deadliest confrontation between the two countries in almost 46 years.

China confirmed this for the first time in its official military newspaper, the People’s Liberation Army Daily (PLA Daily).

PLA Daily identified them as Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan, and Wang Zhuoran and said the first three were killed in the fight while Wang died trying to cross a river to help his comrades.