India-China Standoff: Commander-level talks underway to defuse tensions; reports say 'bullets were not fired' | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: An Army officer and two jawans were killed during a "violent stand-off" between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh on Monday evening, said the Indian Army while adding that the face-off took place in the Galwan Valley which is one of the stand-off points between the two sides.
In another statement, the Indian Army said that the senior military officials of India and China are currently meeting to defuse situation in the region, adding that "casualties were suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process in the Galwan Valley.
"During de-escalation process in Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place last night with casualties. The loss of lives on Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation," the Indian Army said in a statement, as reported by news agency ANI.
This is the first time 45 years when Indian Army personnel were killed during a standoff with China. Before this, four Indian Army personnel were killed during a clash with Chinese troops in an ambush at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh in 1975.
Here are the highlights on the Ladakh Standoff:
17:08 pm: "India stands with the 3 brave martyrs who were killed by China today in Galwan. My thoughts are with families of Colonel & 2 brave soldiers. The commanding officer was leading from the front. The government must avenge these killings & ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain," says AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi
16:40 pm: "It is a matter of serious national concern as it has grave implications for national security," says Congress senior spokesperson and party's deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma
16:16 pm: According to media reports, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has briefed PM Modi about the situation in Ladakh.
15:28 pm: China has lodged solemn representations and protests to India. Here, we are sternly demanding India to earnestly abide by the relevant agreement and strictly restrain their frontline troops. They should not cross the borderlines, says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian
"Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash", tweets Editor In Chief of Chinese Newspaper Global Times pic.twitter.com/i5NknsF5lx— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2020
14:48 pm: Just In: The Global Times have made a U-turn and said that it never reported the exact number of causalties
14:38 pm: Chinese media outlet Global Times reports that five People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were killed in the standoff.
14:30 pm: Meanwhile, the Indian Army has said that there have been casualties on both sides and there was no firing during the clashes in Ladakh that has left three Indian soldiers dead.
14:29 pm: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane’s planned visit to Pathankot military station has been cancelled, reports ANI
14:28 pm: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to also participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Chief Ministers via video conference today at 3 pm, reports ANI.
14:27 pm: "Our border troops had a high-level meeting and reached important consensus on easing the border situation but astonishingly on June 15 the Indian troops seriously violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides and China has lodged strong protest and representation with the Indian side," PTI quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian as saying
14:06 pm: According to a report by news agency PTI, a sizeable number of Chinese Army personnel even transgressed into the Indian side of the de-facto border in several areas including Pangong Tso.
14:00 pm: Meanwhile, ANI quoted Army sources as saying that Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in Ladakh's Galwan Valley
13:58 pm: "China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation," Global Times quoted Chinese Foreign Minister as saying
"China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas," he added.
13:49 pm: Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Minister accused India of violating the consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border twice and carrying out provocative attacks on Chinese soldiers, reports China's Global Times
13:47 pm: Army amends statement, says "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley.
13:40 pm: "As a result, a lot of disengagement has taken place and we are hopeful that through the continued dialogue we're having, all perceived differences that we (India and China) have will be set to rest. Everything is under control," news agency ANI quoted the Army chief as saying.
13:40 pm: Recently, Army chief General MM Naravane had said that situation is "under control" while adding that a series of talks between military commanders from both sides had resulted in "a lot of disengagement".
13:36 pm: Looking at the situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also held a meeting with all the three service chiefs, CDS General Rawat and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday, reports ANI
13:33 pm: Meanwhile, India has said that there were casualties in both the sides during the standoff, reports AFP
13:31 pm: Later, the government had said that the talks will continue to resolve the situation and to "ensure peace and tranquillity" in the border areas.
13:29 pm: Following the talks, the two sides had agreed to disengage by by going back by 2-2.5 km from their stand-off positions at Galwan Nala, PP-15 and Hot Springs.
13:28 pm: Earlier, the two sides had held General-level talks to de-escalate the tensions in the region.
13:27 pm: This incident might just trigger the standoff between the two sides who has been going on in the region for over five weeks.
13:27 pm: This is the latest incident of a clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh who have been locked in a standoff for weeks in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, Demchok, Pangong Tsoand and Daulat Beg Oldie.
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