On 19th June, China claims that Galwan valley come in its territory with the step by step account. It was just the day after India trashed the Chinese army’s sovereignty over Galwan Valley. India has already dismissed their claim saying it “exaggerated” and “untenable”.
On the press conference China’s Foreign Minister, Zhao Lijian pointed out that the Galwan Valley is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in the west section of the China-India boundary. For many years, the Chinese border troops have been patrolling and on duty in this region.
China accuses India that the Indian border troops have “unilaterally” and continuously built roads, bridges and other facilities at the LAC in the Galwan Valley.
Zhao except that China has lodged representations and protests on multiple occasions but then says India has gone even further to cross the LAC and make provocations. He said “By the early morning of May 6, the Indian border troops, who have crossed the LAC by night and trespassed into China’s territory, have built fortification and barricades, which impeded the patrol of Chinese border troops They deliberately made provocations in an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo of control and management”.
A new claim for LAC by China for the Galwan region that it is located in China’s side but in the deadly clash between China and India on 15th June in which 20 soldiers martyred of India took place in the LAC which runs east of the confluence of the Galwan and Shyok rivr and was reported to have taken place on India’s side of the LAC.
China claims that India violated the agreement reached in the commander level meeting and once again crossed the line of actual control. He said that Indian side violently attacked on the Chinese troops and this leads to clashes with casualties.
Previously the Chinese map does not cover the parts of Galwan Valley but now they have covered most of the parts of Galwan valley in their map. Indian Officials said that, “China had expanded its claims and was seeking to alter the LAC. While the LAC has not been demarcated and there are differing perceptions in more than a dozen locations along the LAC, this has not been a point of contention previously in the Galwan area”.
“A second commander-level meeting should happen as soon as possible to deal with the situation on the ground. The two sides agreed to handle in a just manner the serious situation caused by the Galwan Valley clash, observe the agreement reached during the commander-level meeting, cool down the situation on the ground as soon as possible, and uphold peace and tranquility of the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements reached so far” he said to have the commander-level meeting to resolve the clashes.
He concluded by saying, “China hopes that India will work with us, follow faithfully the important consensus reached between the two leaders, abide by the agreements reach between the two governments, and strengthen communication and coordination on properly managing the current situation through diplomatic and military channels, and jointly uphold peace and stability in the border areas.
World’s Condolence to India
“We extend our deepest condolences to the people of India for the lives lost as a result of the recent confrontation with China. We will remember the soldiers’ families, loved ones, and communities as they grieve.” Tweeted by US Secretary of State Michael R Pompoe.
“The U.S. Mission in India sends our heartfelt condolences to the families of the soldiers who were lost at Galwan. Their bravery and courage will not be forgotten. #USIndia” US Ambassador to New Delhi.
Japan’s ambassador Satoshi Suzuki and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid both tweeted “deepest condolences to the people of India” and to the families of the soldiers who had lost their lives.
The British Acting High Commissioner Jan Thompson said “Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the Indian soldiers lost and injured”. Both German and France Ambassadors posted “heartfelt condolences”.