Himalayan border conflicts escalate


China has mobilized thousands of troops backed up by¬†armored vehicles¬†to a contested area along the¬†border with India in the Himalayas, where troops last month hurled stones at each other across the unmarked boundary known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The area in question is in the Galwan River valley between Ladakh, in Indian-administered Kashmir, and Chinese-administered Aksai Chin.¬†Top generals from both sides¬†held talks in Moldo, on the Chinese side, on June 6, but tensions remain high.¬†India charges that Chinese forces are hindering patrols by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim, and refutes Beijing’s claim that Indian forces have crossed to the Chinese side. (SCMP,¬†NDTV,¬†NDTV)

India-China stand-offs along the Himalayan border have been recurrent in recent years. Both sides have also been pressing claims to disputed¬†territories in Nepal.¬†India’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement of protest this week after¬†Nepal’s¬†parliament passed a constitutional amendment altering the country’s¬†official map to depict the Kalapani enclave, Lipulekh Pass and other disputed areas as definitive parts of Nepal.¬†(FT, Republic World, Tribune India)

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  1. Deadly violence erupts on China-India border

    Twenty Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed and several others injured in a skirmish with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley region of eastern Ladakh. Chinese soldiers reportedly hurled stones and used nail-studded iron rods. No bullets were fired, but the incident is seen as a significant escalation of the ongoing military confrontation in the high-altitude region since early May.

    theThe Indian casualties first since four Assam Rifles jawans were killed in an ambush by Chinese soldiers at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh in October 1975. (ToI)

  2. Chinese casualties in border clash?

    China has not said anything about losses in the hand-to-hand combat that took place in the contested Galwan Valley in the western Himalayas, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 injured. But an Indian cabinet minister has claimed numerous Chinese casualties in the clash. “If 20 were martyred on our [Indian]¬†side, then there would have been at least double the casualties on their [China]¬†side,”¬†VK¬†Singh, the minister for roads and transport, told TV News24. (Reuters)