Ladakh Standoff: 35 Chinese casualties in Galwan Valley clash, says US intelligence; 20 Indian soldiers martyred
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Chinese Army suffered 35 casualties during the violent clash with the Indian military in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, official sources said on Wednesday quoting US intelligence reports. The figure could be a combination of total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded, they added.
However, the China has not yet talked about the number of casualties suffered by the People's Liberation Army during the clash. According to an earlier report by news agency ANI, at least 43 casualties were suffered by the Chinese troops in the clash.
Government sources on Tuesday said the Chinese side suffered "proportionate casualties" but it does not have a clear picture about the number of Chinese soldiers killed as well as those injured in the clash.
The violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops took place on the intervening night of June 15 and 16. According to the Indian Army at least 20 Indian soldiers were martyred during the biggest ever military confrontation between the two armies in over five decades, including an Army Colonel, identified as Col Santosh Babu.
Meanwhile, the United States of America on Wednesday said that they are closely monitoring the situation following a fierce clash between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully.
"We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control," a State Department spokesperson said. "We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died, and we offer our condolences to their families," the official said.
Both India and China have expressed their desires to de-escalate and the US supports a peaceful resolution of the current situation, the spokesperson said. "During their phone call on June 2, 2020, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed the situation along the India-China border," the official added.
Monday's clash was the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La in 1967 when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.
The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday said the violent face-off between armies of India and China in eastern Ladakh was the result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo in the region.
The ministry said both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement arrived earlier at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.
(With Agencies Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan