One Indian Army colonel, two jawans have been martyred in violent clashes with Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley in the Eastern Ladakh region. Casualties have also taken place at the Chinese side but there is no confirmation on the numbers yet. This is for the first time in 40 years that such a deadly clash has taken place at the LAC.
According to India Army official statement, "During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers."
Official Statement-— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) June 16, 2020
During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers.@indiatvnews @adgpi
Casualties have also been reported on the China side, however, an exact number of casualties is not confirmed at the moment.
According to ANI -- Army has amended its statement, saying "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley, Ladakh"
According to a senior army officer, it is the first incident involving the casualty of an Indian soldier in a violent clash with the Chinese Army after 1975 when four Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh along the de-facto border between the two countries. Official sources said there was no firing between the two sides.
Large number of Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley and certain other areas of eastern Ladakh for the last five weeks.
Here's what we know so far on India-China deadly clash
- Ministry of External Affairs has unequivocally said that India did not cross Line of Actual Control (LAC)
- BJP President JP Nadda said that Indian borders will remain intact under the leadership of PM Modi
"Borders of India will remain intact&are intact under leadership of PM. During de-escalation process that was underway in Galwan Valley in Ladakh,violent face-off took place with Chinese Army.Indian Army gave befitting reply.Unfortunately,we lost our 3 army men," said Nadda. He was quoted by ANI.
- PM Narendra Modi met Foireign Minister S Jaishankar to discuss situation in Ladakh.
- Meeting at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence concludes.
- Global Times quotes PLA Western Command Spokesperson to claim that India was the aggressor in Ladakh.
- Army Chief General Mukund Naravane has reached Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has joined the meet as well.
- Global Times Editor-In-Chief has dared to warn India to not be "arrogant"
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.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) June 16, 2020
- During the de-escalation process in Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place last night with casualties.
- Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.
- On Monday, Brigade Commander and company level talks happened in Eastern Ladakh between India and China.
- The talks are happening near patrolling point 14, near the mouth of Galwan Valley and patrolling point 17 at Hot Spring Area.
- Meanwhile, according to reports, China's foreign office has said it hopes India will not take unilateral action and won't let the situation to further escalate.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar over India-China clash at LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
- China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas, China's Global Times quoted their Foreign Minister, ANI reported.
China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas, China's Global Times quotes their Foreign Minister— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2020
- China 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, China Foreign Minister said, according to ANI.
- Indian Army also conducted a banner drill at the clash site in order to de-escalate the situation.
- Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh and other areas after the violent face-off last night in which casualties have been suffered by both sides, Army sources said.
- A press conference by the Indian Army is likely to be held later in the day on the latest clash between India-China.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting chiefs of defence staff.
- Army Chief Gen MM Naravane’s planned visit to Pathankot military station has been cancelled, Army sources said.