Three Indian soldiers ‘killed’ in clash on Chinese border

Three Indian soldiers ‘killed’ in clash on Chinese border:

At least three Indian soldiers have been killed in a rare armed clash with China in the Galwan Valley,the first time casualties have been suffered by either superpower along their 3,488km border since 1975, as the threat of a full-blown war intensifies.

The casualties include two soldiers and a high-rank officer, an official statement said.

During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers.

This is the first combat casualty in the region since demarkation in 1975.

An Indian Army statement said;

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that Chinese troops had acted in self-defence after Indian troops had twice crossed the border line: “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides.”

A former Indian Army officer told the Telegraph contrasting statements from either side meant it was difficult to establish who was to blame at this stage. “The Chinese side is issuing aggressive statements and the Indian side has taken a defensive position,” He said.

“How these soldiers have been killed we have no idea because there are contradicting statements coming out. However, we can say the aggressive tone suggests China won’t retreat and defensive tune means India doesn’t want any escalation. They are aggressive, they won’t retreat.”

The two forces have been at loggerheads in the Ladakh region over the border dispute. The stand-off has continued for the second month as multiple diplomatic and military level talks failed.

When contacted, the Chinese foreign ministry also confirmed casualties, saying that it happened in retaliation after Indian forces crossed the border and attacked the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).

He said that Beijing had asked New Delhi not to take unilateral actions or stir up trouble.

It is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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