After China, Indian army claims unfurling of national flag in Galwan valley

Indian armed forces hoisting its national flag in Galwan valley. [Photo: Twitter/ANI]

New Delhi: Days after reports claimed that the People’s Liberation Army hoisted the Chinese national flag in Galwan valley on New Year’s Eve, the Indian army is believed to have unfurled its national flag on the same occasion.

The Indian army personnel had hoisted the national flag in Galwan on New Year’s Eve, news agency ANI reported quoting sources in the military.

The move comes after the Chinese army had reportedly displayed their national flag in the region on January 1, 2022.

Last week, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced the names of 15 places in Zangnan, the Chinese name for Arunachal Pradesh. Among the official names of the 15 places, which were given exact longitude and latitude, eight are residential places, four are mountains, two are rivers and one is a mountain pass.

A day later, the Government of India said that the border state has been and will always be an integral part of India and “assigning invented names does not alter this fact”.

In response to a media query on reports that China has renamed some places in Arunachal Pradesh in its own language, India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said China had also sought to assign such names in April 2017.

After the Galwan clash in 2020, several rounds of military and diplomatic talks have ended in a stalemate.


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