Two Indian army soldiers and one official has been killed in what is being called a “violent face-off” in between the two Asian nuclear-armed nations.
On the Indian side, the casualties resulted from “hand-to-hand scuffles” and no firing was done on either side, an Indian Army official told Agence France Presse, in the condition of anonymity. Local journalist Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted, sticks, stones and rods were used in the brawl.
Since weeks tension has been building up in the China-India frontiers in the high-altitude regions of the Western Himalayas that stretches more than 3,000 kilometres. Both the sides have reportedly deployed thousands of troops in the wake of tensions.
AFP notes, faceoffs and brawls flare up from time to time in the Indo-China borders, which is far from being appropriately demarcated (since border war of 1962), however, it has been since decades soldiers were killed. The recent incident took place in Galwan Valley of Ladakh, Army official told in a statement.
According to reports, senior military officials from China and India were meeting on the venue to defuse the tensions. The Indian Army statement also said China did not disclose any mortality despite there was a casualty on both the sides and blamed the game to India on the ground of Indian soldiers crossing the borders and “attacking Chinese personnel.”
China’s Foreign Ministry reportedly said they weren’t aware of the incident on the border and warned India from taking any Unilateral measure that could “stir up trouble,” Reuters notes.
An Open Threat
Editor-In-Chief of China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper openly threatened India to not be “arrogant and misread China’s restraints as being weak.”
Hu Xijin tweeted; “I want to tell the Indian side, don’t be arrogant and misread China’s restraint as being weak. China doesn’t want to have a clash with India, but we don’t fear it.”
Local journalist Aditya Raj Kaul says unofficial mortality of the Chinese military in the face-off could be 4-5 people. “Considering they’ve been hiding their #COVID19 cases and deaths, one can imagine the manipulation in the casualties they faced in a border clash.”
Last time clash happened was on May 9th, where several armies on both the sides were injured from pelting each other with stones and involving in fisticuffs.
Strife leading to fatality happened back in 1962 during the border war with China. Since then, the Indo-Chinese frontiers have been relatively peaceful, until recently.
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