‘Galwan Valley Located on Our Side of LAC’: China Amid Tensions

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Updated22 Jun 2020, 06:11 AM IST
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there are no foreign incursions into India, China has once again claimed that Galwan valley of Ladakh union territory is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In an official statement on the step-by-step account of the Galwan face-off where 20 Indian soldiers were killed, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has said the Galwan valley is located on the Chinese side of the LAC in the west section of the China-India boundary.

Snapshot
  • After an all party meet on Friday, 19 June, PM Modi said China did not cross border or take over any Indian post
  • The meeting was attended by at least 20 parties where Congress leader Soni Gandhi raised questions on intelligence failure
  • TMC’s Mamata Banerjee and JDU’s Nitish Kumar urged for unity among parties and suggested blocking China out of India’s infrastructure and telecom sectors
  • US Secretary Mike Pompeo, on Friday, called China a ‘rogue actor’ and blamed the PLA for escalating tensions with India
  • Eighteen soldiers are at a hospital in Leh, while 58 others reportedly have minor injuries and are at various other hospitals
6:11 AM, 22 Jun

India-China to Hold Commander-Level Meet on Chinese Side of LAC: Report

India and China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, ANI reported quoting Indian Army sources.

3:17 AM, 20 Jun

China Foreign Ministry Gives 'Step-by-Step' Account of Galwan Clash

Embassy of China in India put out a press note late on Friday night quoting China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian who gave a step-by-step account of the Galwan clash and elaborated China's position on settling this incident.

“Shockingly, on evening of June 15, India’s front-line troops, in violation of the agreement reached at the commander-level meeting, once again crossed LAC for deliberate provocation when the situation in Galwan Valley was already easing and even violently attacked the Chinese officers and soldiers who went there for negotiation, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties. The adventurous acts of Indian army have seriously undermined stability of border areas and threatened lives of Chinese personnel, violated agreements reached between the two countries (China and India) on the border issue and breached basic norms governing international relations. China has lodged solemn representations and strong protests to Indian side.”
China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

The spokesperson further added, “ A 2nd commander-level meeting should happen as soon as possible to deal with situation on ground. The two sides agreed to handle in a just manner, the serious situation caused by Galwan Valley clash, observe agreement reached during commander-level meeting, cool down the situation on the ground as soon as possible, and uphold peace and tranquility of the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements (between India and China) reached so far.”

3:48 PM, 19 Jun

No Intel Failure, China Didn’t Cross Border: PM in All Party Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 19 June assured the Opposition that there was no intelligence failure that led to Galwan Valley clash and that the Indian forces have the capability that nobody can take an inch of land.

“Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by them (China). Twenty of our jawans were martyred, but those who dared Bharat Mata, they were taught a lesson,” PM Modi told the parties.

“Whether it is deployment, action, counter-action...air, land or sea, whatever our armed forces have to do to protect our country they will do,” he added.

“Today, we possess the capability that no one can eye even one inch of our land. India’s armed forces have the capability to move into multiple sectors at one go,” PM Modi said.

“Till now, those who were never questioned or stopped, now our jawans stop them and warn them at multiple sectors,” he said.

“In the past few years, to protect our borders, we have given importance to infrastructure development to protect our borders. The requirements of our armed forces, be it fighter planes, advanced helicopters, missile defence systems, that too is being given importance,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi said that the country has immense faith in our soldiers and assured that the entire country is with them.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Opposition that "there was no intelligence failure".

3:20 PM, 19 Jun

Southern Parties Pledge Unity, Communist Parties Talk Int’l Politics

DMK's MK Stalin, as quoted by ANI, said “We are united when it comes to patriotism.” He also welcomed the recent statements by the PM on China issue.

TRS Chief and Telangana CM KCR said that PM's clarity on Kashmir has angered China. He stressed that PM's call of Atmanirbhar Bharat has rattled China, as quoted by ANI.

YSRCP’s Jagan Mohan Reddy said that thanks to the PM, India’s reputation has risen globally.

“He has built key strategic partnerships across the world. You are our strength, Prime Minister. India has gained envy of many. They (China) are trying to destabilise India,” he reportedly said.

CPI's D Raja, as quoted by ANI sources, said “we need to resist US efforts to drag us into their alliance.” CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury stressed on the principles of Panchsheel.


Published: 16 Jun 2020, 04:26 PM IST
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