India China Galwan Standoff
Tensions between India and China have escalated to peak in eastern Ladakh. There were reports of skirmishes between the armies of the two countries during the exercise to rear forces in the Galwan Valley. According to the army, India has lost one officer and two soldiers in violent conflict.
Meanwhile, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane, Defense Minister, and CDS General Bipin Rawat have arrived at the residence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for the meeting. Earlier, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh informed PM Modi about the situation. Army Chief General MM Narwane’s visit to the Pathankot military station has been canceled.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, while reacting to the news, Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday he was not aware of any incident on the border with India after the Indian army said one of its officers and two soldiers were killed in a “violent faceoff” there.
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On Monday late evening, there was no clash in the Galwan area for the past several decades, the way there has been a clash on both sides.
The two sides have been undertaking limited disengagement in a phased manner in the Galwan area before the Corps Commander level talks on June 6 and it was expanded to more areas in Patrolling Points 14, 15, 17A, and Gogra areas.
Last Saturday, in the first acknowledgment of the ongoing stand-offs, Gen. Naravane stated troops of India and China were “disengaging” in a phased manner from the stand-off areas following the series of ground talks and a lot of disengagement had happened in the Galwan river area.