China provokes again, fresh faceoff in Ladakh stirs tension

Going back completely on mutually agreed terms of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China has provoked India yet again.

The Indian Army issued a statement spelling out how China tried to alter the status quo, contrary to what had been agreed upon between the two countries through a series of diplomatic and military level talks following the violent Galwan Valley clashes.

Ladakh, June 17 (ANI): Wreath laying of Indian Army soldiers, who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash being performed at Army Hospital, in Leh on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

India lost 20 of its brave soldiers led by Col Santosh Babu at Galwan Valley. Over 40 Chinese soldiers died during the intense faceoff as well.

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“On the night of 29/30 August, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military & diplomatic engagements during an ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.” Col Aman Anand, PRO, Army, said in a statement.

The statement further reads: “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.

The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through dialogue, but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity. A Brigade Commander level Flag Meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues.”

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Despite strong protests by India, China’s PLA has refused to withdraw eastwards from the 8-km stretch it has occupied from ‘Finger 4’ to ‘Finger 8’ after building scores of new fortifications and gun positions on the norther edge of Pangong Tso.

As a precautionary measure, Srinagar-Leh Highway shut for civilians after Chinese aggression at LAC. 

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