Indo-China clash: China violates status quo in East Ladakh: Foreign Ministry

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New Delhi, June 16: India has said that the Chinese side made a one-sided attempt to change the status quo in the western sector of the Indo-China border, resulting in violent clashes on Monday night in which both side soldiers were killed.

India has said that this situation could have been avoided had the Chinese side fully complied with the high-level consensus.

On the developments in the Galwan Valley region of East Ladakh, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava said on Monday that the two sides are negotiating to normalize the situation through military and diplomatic channels. There was a positive meeting between the two sides on June 6, in which a process to reduce tensions was agreed upon. As per the high level consensus, the commanders stationed on the spot talked several times.

The spokesman said that India hoped everything would go well, but the Chinese side acted contrary to the high-level consensus on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley. This led to violent clashes on Monday night.

The spokesman further said that India adopts a responsible attitude towards border management and ensures that all activities are within its territory of the LAC. India expects the Chinese side to do the same.

The spokesman continued that India is committed to maintaining peace and normalcy on the border and that all differences should be explained through mutual talks. At the same time, India is determined to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It is worth mentioning that there was a violent clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers on Monday night in Galwan valley of eastern Ladakh. An Indian military officer and two soldiers were killed in this violent clash. At the same time, China has not disclosed the details of its casualties.