China claims valley where Indian, Chinese soldiers brawled


The adventurous acts of the Indian army had seriously undermined the stability of the border areas, threatened the lives of Chinese personnel, violated the agreements reached between the two countries on the border issue, and breached the basic norms governing global relations.

The statement brings in the PM mostly in line with the earlier statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The former Congress chief also tagged a one-minute video of a jawan's father saying the Indian soldiers were unarmed when they were attacked by Chinese troops.

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar spoke to top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi on Wednesday and the two sides agreed not to take any steps to escalate matters and instead ensure peace and stability on the contested frontier.

His remarks came a day after Modi categorically stated at the all-party meeting on the Chinese intrusion in the Galwan Valley and the killing of Indian soldiers that "no Indian post or territory is occupied by anyone".

In a series of tweet on Saturday, Chinese Spokesperson Lijian Zhao gave details which led to the clash between the two sides in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Earlier today, in another jibe at PM Modi over the death of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan valley, Gandhi took to twitter and labelled him as "Surender Modi".

The Army has changed rules of engagement along the LAC (Line of Actual Control) with China, empowering field commanders to sanction use of firearms under "extraordinary" circumstances.

"I think Modi is trying to appease the searing anti-China nationalism at home and avoid the further escalation of the situation into another China-India war, even though he is likely to face some backlash from opposition at home", Sun said.

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India's government made no immediate comment but the army released a statement to say there were no remaining soldiers "missing in action" after the fighting in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh.

Retired Hawaldar Tsering Angdus said he served the army for 22 years and has patrolled the Galwan Valley and other sensitive spots at the LAC in the past.

President Modi immediately blamed China for the incident, which broke out during a meeting on de-escalating tensions.

But he added that the two sides were in communication over diplomatic and military channels.

Neither the army nor the government have commented on how many Chinese soldiers were hurt or killed but sources have told NDTV the number stands at 45.

"Does the government not receive, on a regular basis, satellite pictures of the borders of our country?"

Indian officials have denied that their soldiers were in Chinese custody.

Military commanders have been holding talks since the clash to defuse the tensions and both countries have said they want a peaceful resolution.