Wednesday, June 17, 2020

LADAKH DOOM! Over 150 Indian Soldiers Killed In Clashes With Chinese At Line Of Actual Control

Body count is always higher....

Indian Forces Take Over 150 Casualties in Clashes with China - Army Official Reports 

Following escalating tensions in the Galwan Valley region the Indian Army officials stated that over 130 casualties had been taken in a major clash with Chinese forces in the area. A high level Army official, speaking to Russia’s Sputnik news, reported over 130 non lethal casualties, and that this number could well increase further in future. He further noted that several personnel had been killed in the clashes, stating: “Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured at the Line of Actual Control and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total number of people being killed to 20. Indian Army is firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation.” The report follows an official statement by the Indian Army that one officer and two soldiers were killed in the clashes. Chinese casualties are thought to be significantly fewer. The majority of casualties are thought to have been caused by the harsh climate, with several reports indicating that Indian units suffered serious falls from high altitudes and were not directly engaged with Chinese forces.

China has accused Indian forces of crossing the border at Galwan Valley and attacking Chinese forces on their side of the Line of Actual Control, a dividing line created after the 1962 war between the two countries instead of a border. Both sides have repeatedly committed to settling border issues peacefully and repeatedly taken steps to deescalate, including in the past disarming their troops near the line. It is likely that tensions got out of control at the lower levels of the military, and not at the initiation of either party’s high command, and a peaceful resolution remains probable. The incident is nevertheless significant, and its the first time since the war Sino-Indian War of 1962 that casualties approaching these levels have been suffered in a border clash between the two countries. The clashes notably come at a time of high tension between India and several of its neighbours, with low level tensions at the Bangladeshi border ongoing and tensions with Pakistan having broken out into large scale clashes in 2019. Both Pakistan and Bangladesh are major clients for Chinese armaments, while India’s northern neighbour Nepal has also seen relations with China improve considerably leading to concerns in Delhi that it is losing influence across South Asia. Source

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