India-China Standoff: PM Modi calls for All-party meeting on June 19

Story Highlights
  • PM Calls All-Party Meet On Friday To Discuss Situation After Ladakh Clash
  • India-China Border Standoff Turns Violent with 20 Indian Soldiers Martyred on Monday and Tuesday night
  • The incident involved no shooting but "violent hand-to-hand scuffles"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced to conduct all party meeting on June 19 with Presidents of various political parties to discuss the India-China border situation after clashed at Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers martyred on Tuesday night.

“In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting.” said PMO Office.

After a month-long stand-off between Indo-China troops at several points along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim, a “de-escalation” process was just started last week amidst which the clash took place.

On Monday night, one Commanding Officer and two jawans of the Indian Army were killed in a violent clash between the troops of India and China. Subsequently, 17 more soldiers were killed on Tuesday.

Army sources said that up to 45 Chinese soldiers have also been killed or injured in the fight at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. There were “casualties on both sides”.

Meanwhile, Col. Zhang Shuli, a spokesman for the Chinese military, said there had been a “fierce physical conflict, causing casualties.” He accused India of crossing the unofficial border between the two countries — known as the “Line of Actual Control” — to “launch a provocative attack.” India blamed the conflict on China’s attempt to “change the status quo” in the area.

Recent statement from Chinese counterpart entirely blamed Indian troops for trespassing which led to the violent scuffle between the two borders at Galwan Valley. Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that they do not wish to see more clashes and urged India to strictly discipline its frontline troops.

“We ask India to strictly discipline its frontline troops, stop infringing and provocative activity at once, work with China and come back to the right track of resolving the differences through dialogue & talk”, He said.

Rebutting China’s claims that Indian soldiers crossed the border. “India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. We expect the same of the Chinese side,” said Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava.

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