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Amid border tensions, China says ‘onus not on us’, asks India to ‘discipline its troops’

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Srinagar: Amid the border tensions between India and China in Ladakh, Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, has asked India to discipline its troops strictly and for the June 15 Galwan valley incident the “onus is not on China.”

According to an Indian Express report, the Chinese envoy penned his opinion in China-India review, a Chinese embassy’s magazine that is published in Delhi.

Weidong, according to the report, on magazine wrote: “If one analyses this incident carefully, it’s quite clear that the onus is not on China. The Indian side crossed the LAC for provocation and attacked the Chinese border troops. The Indian forces seriously violated agreements on border issues between the two countries and severely violated basic norms governing international relations.”

Urging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government in India to “conduct a thorough investigation and hold the violators accountable, the Chinese ambassador to India, told GoI to  strictly discipline the frontline troops, and immediately stop all provocative acts to ensure such incidents will not occur again.

In June, India lost 20 armed forces personnel in the deadly clash with China in Galwan valley, including 16 Bihar’s commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu.

The killings marked the Indian Army’s worst losses since the 1999 Kargil war, and the most intense fighting between India and China since 1967, when 88 Indian forces personnel killed and China had lost as many as 340 PLA troops in the course of intense skirmishes near the Nathu La and Cho La passes.

Pertinently, India and China have held five rounds of Corps Commander level talks but they have not been able to find any solution to change the actual ground position in many areas.

On June 17, The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that India would be proud that those killed in Galwan clash died while fighting. The statement was later, interpreted as a confirmation that Indian armed forces personnel had inflicted casualties on the other side.

On the other hand, the government of China has not released any report on the causalities it witnessed during the clash.

 

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