India says three soldiers killed in Ladakh 'face-off' with China

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Three Indian army personnel, including a commanding officer, have been killed in a "violent face-off" with Chinese soldiers in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, an Indian army spokesman has said.

The Chinese military also suffered casualties in the clash, the editor-in-chief of China's Global Times newspaper said on Tuesday. It was the first such confrontation between the two Asian giants since 1975 in which soldiers have died.
The incident on Monday night followed weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides in the region.

"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," the Indian army spokesman said in a statement.

"Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation," said the statement.
Tensions flare on a fairly regular basis between the two regional powers over their 3,500-kilometre (2,200-mile) frontier, which has never been properly demarcated.

Thousands of troops from the two nuclear-armed neighbours, backed by armoured trucks and artillery, have been involved in the latest face-off since May in the Ladakh region, bordering Tibet.

Indian officials say Chinese soldiers crossed the boundary at three different points, erecting tents and guard posts and ignoring verbal warnings to leave. That triggered shouting matches, stone-throwing and fistfights.

Army officers and diplomats have held a series of meetings to try to end the impasse, with no breakthrough.

Reporting from New Delhi, Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam said the Indian defence minister is expected to meet the defence chiefs and the minister of external affairs later on Tuesday over the matter.

"We have two sides saying they are trying to de-escalate the situation. We've had meetings for about 10 days now and yet these deaths have taken place despite these assurances," she said. (Al Jazeera)

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  • RP Tuesday, 16 June 2020 08:53 PM

    Well, the Bully who has been terrorizing their neighbours and claiming extra territories in the South China Sea is for a rude awakening. First, occupied Tibet with a bogus claim that it was part of ancient China. Annexed Turkik Uighur region officially as Xinjiang 1n 1949, Part of Kashmir and named it "Aksai Chin" and their "Modern day Colony, Pakistan" ceded some parts of it's own occupied Kashmir territory for Karakoram Road Building. How much does the Chinese need or want? For heaven's sake, this is year 2020!

    Raj Tuesday, 16 June 2020 09:55 PM

    Wow, two nuclear armed neighbours! Indian nuclear arms vs Chinese means our local Galkatas vs AK47!

    Ex Army Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:03 PM

    We suffered 30 years of war with thousands killed And we know which country created the LTTE in the first place. So we should not support India in any possible conflict it has with China.

    Johan Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:03 PM

    Frustrated China has become a mad cow, Because most of the investors are pulling out Of China after Covid-19 arrogance

    Dr Iswaran USA Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:15 PM

    Just imagine if our Sri Lankan soldiers had killed couple of Indian soldiers, Indians would have then bombed our military bases. But now the Chinese have killed two Indian military personnel, Indians are hilariously begging the Chinese not to escalate the crisis.

    Nihal Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:33 PM

    Indians are good only in intimidating and terrorising its neighbours like Pakistan,Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. When it comes to China, Indian tails are between its legs.

    Meera S Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:37 AM

    Interesting comment from ex army - do it means that Sinhalese are supporting US/EU/Jap/India alliance in this current era

    Adrian Wednesday, 17 June 2020 06:56 AM

    43 Chinese and 20 Indians dead. Frustrated China

    Abdulla Wednesday, 17 June 2020 07:14 AM

    China will teach India a lesson that they will never forget.

    Antany Peter Wednesday, 17 June 2020 08:01 AM

    The West ruled South Asia for centuries and moduled to use for its benefits. In the 20th century Tamils listened the West, fought the Asia's longest brutal civil war and died for the West. Please note, India created the Tamil armed groups, but it wasn't plan to use the Tamil armed groups for decades. In the 21 century Indians listen to the West and die for the West. Even before the Independence Indians had listened to the West and created Pakistan. Since the independence the political and religious leaders have been encouraging to increase the population without a proper economic plan. The problem is India can't define a good strategy, so change is unlikely.

    Antany Peter Wednesday, 17 June 2020 08:03 AM

    CONT... of my previous comment. About 60% of South Asia's GDP comes from migrant workers who work in foreign countries. It is clear, South Asia is at the mercy of foreign countries. It is not a good economic strategy to lead Asia or the world. A pandemic can bring you all on your knees and the West can easily push you to die for its purpose. South Asia is in disaster, because you trust the West. From turning against people like me to breeding as rabbits are done to please the West. Basically, you trust your enemies and do everything to please them, at the same time you dream for a success. Therefore, your fall is imminent. This is just a start, more disasters to come and you deserve it.


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