China silent over its casualties suffered in Galwan valley during talks

Monday, 29 Jun, 2020

Later that day, Indian and Chinese troops brawled for several hours in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, using stones and nail-studded clubs to beat each other, killing 20 Indian soldiers and injuring at least 76 more.

The images released this week by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, show new construction activity along the Galwan River Valley, even as Chinese and Indian diplomats said military commanders had agreed to disengage from a standoff there.

Condemning the brutal Chinese attack on Indian Army personnel, she asked Indians to treat this act as an attack on the nation.

During the talks, the Chinese side, the sources said, was silent over the number of casualties suffered by it in the Galwan valley clash that took place between the two sides on June 15 evening when they were discussing the incident in the WMCC meeting, sources said. "It only needs a political leadership which recognizes realities and works towards protecting the country's vital interests and independence", concluded the editorial, which termed the killing of Indian soldiers at Galwan Valley as "shocking and condemnable". He added that India has been consistent in pointing out that Chinese actions over an extended period of time has led to the current situation.

The Indian military is amassing more men and material as a precautionary deployment along the 3,488-km-long disputed border with China.

India expects China to sincerely "follow up" on the understanding arrived at between two sides on disengagement of troops to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas, he said.

Sources said that India is also very shortly getting a highly capable air defence system from a friendly country which can be deployed and the entire area can be taken care off to prevent any enemy flying there.

"While there have been occasional departures in the past, the conduct of Chinese forces this year has been in complete disregard of all mutually agreed norms", the spokesman said.

"Obviously, the Indian side had to undertake counter-deployments and resulting tension thereafter expressed itself", he said. "In order to preserve their power, governments worldwide have started using a populist and nationalistic discourse in domestic policies, which is also reflected in their foreign policies", he said.

Speaking to news agency PTI, India's ambassador to China Vikram Misri said that Beijing needs to realise that trying to "change the status quo by resorting to force or coercion, is not the right way forward". Ever since the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops, the calls to boycott products made in China is growing.

Satellite images of June 25, 2020 show black tarpaulins on Chinese embankment in Galwan Valley.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Prithviraj Chavan on Friday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his remark that "no one has entered Indian territory" has become popular in China.