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China Kills 3 Indian Soldiers In Violent Face-off At Galwan Valley

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Overnight on June 15th, Indian Soldiers clashed with China’s Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in the Eastern Ladakh region. Previously, Senior military officials from both China and India agreed to peacefully resolve the border conflict. This was the first such incident on the India-China border in the last 45 years. Gen Naravane said both sides (India and China) are “disengaging” in an organized manner. “We have started from the north, from the area of the Galwan river where a lot of disengagement has taken place. It has been a very fruitful dialogue that we have had”. This new flare-up comes as both sides came face to face with each other during the de-escalation process in the region.

According to Indian officials, the clash resulted in the death of 3 Indian army personnel, one of whom was an officer while the other two were soldiers. As per reports, there were casualties on the Chinese side as well. Though, the extent of the Chinese Troops’ casualties is not yet known.

Response From Both Sides

China’s Response
When asked about the reports of the Indian and Chinese casualties at the Galwan Valley Clash, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in Beijing said;
“I am not aware of the information you provided.”
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Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese and English editions of the Global Times – Hu Xijin – said in a tweet that from what he knows, China also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley clash. He further warned India not to interpret China’s restraint as a sign of weakness.

Authorities in Beijing accused India of crossing the border and ‘attacking Chinese personnel’, leading to the flare-up. Mr. Zhao said;

“Our border troops had a high-level meeting and reached important consensus on easing the border situation but astonishingly on June 15 the Indian troops seriously violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides and China has lodged strong protest and representation with the Indian side.”

India’s Response
On the other hand, Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury blamed China for unwarranted aggression in a twitter post. He also paid homage to the dead soldiers and demanded PM Modi to execute ‘befitting retaliation’.
Meanwhile, talking on the China-India standoff, the Indian Army stated in an official statement;
“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers.”
Former CM of Jammu & Kashmir – Omar Abdullah – first suggested that the Indian soldiers’ death was a result of firing that took place at the border. Though, he later rectified his statement and said; “The deaths were the result of violent scuffles & stone pelting. Regardless of the how & the way three Indian army personnel were killed by the Chinese in the line of duty.” He also said;

The strategic value of Galwan valley is great because its close to the vital road link to the DBO. DBO (Daulat Beg Oldie) is the world’s highest landing ground which lies near the Line of Actual Control. Therefore, it serves as an important aerial supply line. For this reason, both sides want the border issue to resolve in their favor while maintaining peace in the border areas.

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