NEW DELHI, CHINA: India and China on Saturday each traded accusations that the other had violations their shared de facto border that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and more than 70 injured during a clash.
According to details, de facto border an area that this week became the site of the deadliest clash in half a century between the two nuclear-armed giants.
Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to downplay Monday’s clash, which killed 20 Indian soldiers and injured more than 70, his government blamed the Chinese side for seeking to erect structures “just across the Line of Actual Control (LAC)”, as the demarcation is known, and refusing India’s request to stop.
India will not permit any unilateral changes to the disputed border, it said in a statement.
Is Galwan valley part of China now?
Has Ladakh become "forbidden city" for media?
Why is war like reinforcement witnessed on border?
Where r "Nation wants to know"
Brawling anchors of channels???? #IndiaChinaFaceOff
— Nayeema Mehjoor (@nayeema1) June 20, 2020
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused Indian forces of a “deliberate provocation” in the tense Himalayan area.
In a series of tweets, Zhao said the Galwan Valley was on the Chinese side of the line and that Indians had since April unilaterally built roads, bridges and other facilities in the region.
Zhao said the “Indian troops crossed the LAC” and attacked Chinese officers and soldiers who were there for negotiation, triggering fierce physical conflicts.”
A step-by-step account of the Galwan clash
1. 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.
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) June 20, 2020