India China face-off in Galwan turns violent, efforts on to diffuse tensions

Indian Army convoy in Ladakh. (Representative photo)
Indian Army convoy in Ladakh. (Representative photo)

India and China were involved in a violent face-off at the Galwan Valley on June 15/16 night while the two sides were in the process of de-escalation. In the ensuing scuffle three Indian soldiers that included a Colonel and two other soldiers were martyred. At least 4 Chinese soldiers were also killed in this violent scuffle while several others have been injured.

Confirming the casualties suffered by the soldiers of PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times, said “Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash…” Global Times toes the official line of Beijing and works as a mouthpiece of the Chinese government.

Commander level talks are still on between India and China as they make efforts to diffuse the situation. PM Narendra Modi, NSA Ajit Doval, Defence Minister rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaiashankar and Army Chief MM Naravane held detailed discussions about the current stand off with China.

This is the first time since 1967 that military personnel of both India and China have been martyred in a border skirmish.

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