'Violent face-off' between Indian, Chinese troops in Galwan Valley: Key points

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jun 16, 2020, 14:11 IST

NEW DELHI: An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed along the India-China border in a violent face-off with the Chinese military on Tuesday.
Here is a look at the latest developments —

The violent clash between the rival troops, in which there were some Chinese casualties as well, took place near the Patrolling Point 14 in the Galwan Valley region while talks were underway to defuse the face-off in the region. The Indian and Chinese troops apparently clashed with rods and stones, much like what had happened on the north bank of Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) on May 5 and 6, which had left several soldiers on both sides injured. The face-off took place on Monday night, according to the Indian Army. The Army said there were casualties on the Chinese side as well but the extent of it was not immediately clear. Official sources said there was no firing between the two sides. "During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation," the Indian Army said in a statement. Defence minister Rajnath Singh has held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar. During the meeting, recent developments in Eastern Ladakh were discussed. It is perhaps the first such incident along the border with China that Indian armed forces personnel have been killed after a gap of nearly 45 years. Four Indian soldiers had lost their lives in an ambush at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh in 1975. A large number of Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley and certain other areas of eastern Ladakh for the last five weeks. The incident comes days after Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane said both sides have begun disengaging from the Galwan Valley. The Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in a standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh. A sizeable number of Chinese Army personnel even transgressed into the Indian side of the de-facto border in several areas including Pangong Tso. The Indian Army has been fiercely objecting to the transgressions and demanded their immediate withdrawal for the restoration of peace and tranquillity in the area. Both sides held a series of talks in the last few days to resolve the row.

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