‘Don’t wish to see more clashes with India,’ says China after Ladakh face-off

China on Wednesday said that it does not want to see any more clashes with India, a day after soldiers from both the sides were killed during a confrontation in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, AFP reported.

The Indian Army on Tuesday had confirmed that 20 soldiers were killed during a de-escalation process in Galwan Valley. These are the first fatalities on the Line of Actual Control between the nuclear-armed neighbours in more than 40 years. Indian news agency ANI reported, citing “Indian intercepts”, that at least 43 Chinese soldiers were either killed or injured in the clash.

During a media briefing on Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian repeated the accusation that Indian troops had crossed the border and attacked Chinese forces. Zhao claimed that India’s intrusion led to “a serious physical confrontation between both sides that caused deaths and injuries”. Beijing, meanwhile, has not yet confirmed the extent of casualties on its own side.

Zhao added that India and China will continue talks and negotiation to de-escalate tensions. “We, of course, don’t wish to see more clashes,” Zhao said. On Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had also asked India to not take any unilateral actions that will complicate the situation at the border.

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