#Breaking Casualties in Chinese-Indian Border Clash
Tensions Escalating in Chinese-Indian Face-Off
According to reports there have been 5 casualties on the Chinese side and 3 on the Indian side at the Ladakh Border between the two countries.
According to an official statement from the Indian Army:
“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”
China’s Global Times quoted their foreign minister as saying two Indian soldiers had “crossed into Chinese territory twice on Monday in a serious violation of the consensus reached earlier” between the two countries. “They provoked and attacked the Chinese side, leading to a severe physical brawl.”
According to reports, 5 People’s Liberation Army soldiers have been killed and 11 injured. The Indian Army is believed to have lost 3 soldiers.
Talks are underway between the two sides, but Warfare.Today has learnt that BrahMos air-launched cruise missiles have received combat clearance from Indian defence Chief, General Bipin Rawat.
The BrahMos (designated PJ-10) is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by the Russian Federation and India.
Since 5 May 2020, Chinese and Indian troops were reported to have engaged in aggressive action, face-offs and skirmishes at multiple locations along the Sino-Indian border, resulting in the deaths of three Indian soldiers including an officer in hand-to-hand combat, and numerous injuries on both sides. Incidents have taken place near the Pangong Lake in Ladakh and the Nathu La pass in Sikkim. In addition, face-offs are ongoing at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that has persisted from the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Most recent of them is at the Galwan River valley, where the Chinese forces objected to Indian road construction within Indian territory.
Sources: Asia News, various.
Image: China, Peoples Liberation Army, 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division (12 July 2011).