India China standoff: Talks held at major general level for over six hours

18 June, 2020 | newsx bureau

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To resolve skirmish at Galwan Valley, the second round of talks was held today in between the major generals of both countries.

Major General-level talks between India and China, held to resolve the issues related to the violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan area on June 15-16, lasted for more than six hours on Thursday, sources said. The talks between the Major Generals of the two countries had remained inconclusive on Wednesday. Sources also said that all Indian Army personnel who were involved in Galwan valley violent face-off on June 15-16 are accounted for and no soldier is missing in action.

At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, had lost their lives in the violent face-off which happened in the Galwan valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation in eastern Ladakh.

Indian intercepts have revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the violent clash. The commanding officer of the Chinese unit is among those killed, sources confirmed to ANI.

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India wants restoration of old status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) prevailing before May 2020 when the first reports of Chinese incursions started appearing.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had on Wednesday conveyed a clear and tough message to his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi that what happened in Galwan was a “pre-mediated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties.”

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