India, China accuse each other of violating agreement after 20 Indian soldiers killed in a clash

India, China accuse each other for violating agreement after 20 Indian soldiers killed in a clash

The Indian troops were attacked by rods and stones. No firing had taken place during the face-off.  The Indian Army said that the casualties took place on both sides. Both India and China are accusing each other of violating agreement.

The violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops took place Monday in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh area.  Nearly 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the violent face-off between Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. The casualties occurred in a huge scale-up of clash in the Valley.

India reacts

In first official reaction to the violent clashes with the Chinese troops that left three Indian Army personnel dead, the External Affairs Ministry said that both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Shrivastava said,

Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side.”

While stating that India remains firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue, he said:

At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He also said that “India and China have been discussing through military and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of the situation in the border area in Eastern Ladakh.” In a serious escalation in the ongoing stand-off in Eastern Ladakh, three Indian Army personnel, including an officer, were killed in action during a “violent face-off’ with Chinese troops on Monday night.

Indian Army

The clash took place at a time when de-escalation process was underway. According to sources, there were also around 50 casualties on the Chinese side has. The Indian Army said:

The Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area, where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that was killed in action to 20.”

The Army said that it is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. No firing had taken place during the face-off. According to the sources, the Indian troops were attacked by rods and stones,” sources said.

Meanwhile, high-level meetings in Defence establishments were held on Tuesday night. The Defence Minister also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the operational situation prevailing at Galwan Valley. In an amended statement, the Indian Army said that the casualties took place on both sides. The Indian Army stated:

During de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers… senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to review the prevailing situation in the region.

China fails to adhere to agreement

India accused China on Tuesday of failing to adhere to the June 6 agreement between senior military officials of the two countries for de-escalation of the situation in the Eastern Ladakh where troops from both the sides have been involved in a face-off since early May.

The massive flare-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) also came after 1975 when casualties had taken place. The violent face-off prompted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to hold a high-level review meeting in which the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishanker and three service chiefs were present.

China reacts

However, China side has lodged a strong protest and solemn representation to India. Chinese foreign ministry was quoted saying by a state-owned news portal of China:

Indian troops on Monday seriously violated the consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border twice and carrying out provocative attacks on Chinese soldiers, resulting in serious physical clashes,”

Further, the Chinese side said that it has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation.

Meanwhile, Hu Xijin, Editor-in-chief of Chinese and English editions of the Global Times, took on the twitter and revealed various “facts”. He writes in a tweet,

Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash. I want to tell the Indian side, don’t be arrogant and misread China’s restraint as being weak. China doesn’t want to have a clash with India, but we don’t fear it.

The Editor further says:

Chinese side didn’t release number of PLA casualties in clash with Indian soldiers. My understanding is the Chinese side doesn’t want people of the two countries to compare the casualties number so to avoid stoking public mood. This is goodwill from Beijing.”

What is even more interesting to know when the editor gives a different reason for the killings of Indian troops. He says:

17 injured Indian soldiers reportedly died due to lack of in-time rescue, which reflects the serious flaws of Indian army to provide emergency treatment to the wounded. This is not an army with real modern combat capabilities at plateau. Indian public opinion needs to stay sober.”

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