The Chinese military on Tuesday blamed India for the “violent face-off” between troops of the two countries in Galwan Valley in Ladakh. Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, alleged that the Indian military crossed the Line of Actual Control – the disputed border between the two countries, which is neither defined nor demarcated – and deliberately launched provocative attacks.
The Indian Army has confirmed that 20 Indian soldiers died during the “violent face-off” on Monday night during a de-escalation process. These are the first fatalities on the Line of Actual Control between the nuclear-armed neighbours in more than 40 years.
The Army said there were casualties on both sides, but added that the extent of it on the Chinese side was not yet clear. At least 43 Chinese soldiers were either killed or injured in the clash, ANI reported, citing “Indian intercepts”. However, Zhang did not mention any casualties on the Chinese side.
Zhang said “the sovereignty over the Galvan Valley area has always belonged to China” and accused the Indian side of violating agreements and protocols. He added that the Indian troops “severely undermined the Sino-Indian military relations”. “We demand the Indian military strictly restrain its frontline troops, immediately stop all infringing…