New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday said that India is always committed towards maintaining peace at its borders, adding that the 'sacrifices' made by the soldiers during the clash with the Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley "will not go in vain".

Speaking at the combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy near Hyderabad, ACM Bhadauria assured that the Armed Forces of the country are 'fully prepared' and 'vigilant at all times', adding that the development at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh is a "small snapshot of what we are required to handle at short notice". 

Paying tributes to Colonel Santosh Babu and his brave men, who made the sacrifice while defending the LAC in Galwan valley, the IAF chief said that the gallant actions in a highly-challenging situation have demonstrated "Armed Forces' resolve to protect India's sovereignty at any cost".

"It should be very clear that we are well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency. I assure the nation that we are determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of the braves of Galwan go in vain," news agency ANI quoted ACM RKS Bhadauria as saying.

"In spite of unacceptable Chinese action after agreements reached during military talks and resulting loss of lives, all efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at the LAC is resolved peacefully," he added.

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The tensions between India and China escalated after the deadly clash between the Armies of the two countries in over 40 years that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers. According to an ANI report, the Chinese suffered 43 casualties in the clash.

Later, Indian and Chinese militaries held a Major General-level dialogue on Thursday for the third consecutive day on disengagement of troops as well as restoring normalcy in areas around the Galwan Valley.

The clash in Galwan Valley is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while the death toll on the Chinese side was over 300.

The two armies were engaged in a standoff in Galwan and several other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5 when the two sides clashed on the banks of the Pangong Tso.  

After the standoff began, the Indian military leadership decided that Indian troops will adopt a firm approach in dealing with the aggressive posturing by the Chinese troops in all disputed areas of Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma