All you need to know: Chinese soldiers march into Indian territory, entire Galwan Valley claimed

The two sides have not fired a bullet since 1975, but small-scale clashes have escalated in recent weeks.

  • Over the past 10 days, China has captured a large part of the Galwan valley, a portion of which lies in India’s Ladakh region.
  • In the past, the valley was a flashpoint for the 1962 Sino-Indian war.
  • High-level Indian and Chinese military commanders have also met across the LAC to defuse the situation.

Close to 10,000 soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are now present in Indian territory (Ladakh), Business Standard quoting sources reported.

Ladakh was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947. The Galwan Valley lies in Ladakh and Aksai Chin, both of which are unanimously claimed by India and China. While India controls the former, China administers the latter.

The valley was an area of heavy stand-off during the 1962 Sino-Indian war. This is China’s first attempt to make alterations on this part of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since the sixties.

The PLA did not only cross China’s own claim line (which Beijing had stated was the border with India) but it also further breached 3-4 kilometers into Indian territory.

In response, India has moved a large number of its own troops to the disturbed area.

This is not the first time both countries have conflicted this year.

Earlier in May, Indian and Chinese troops clashed at two different sections of the LAC. The skirmishes near Pangong lake in India’s Ladakh and the Naku La mountain pass in Sikkim resulted in injuries on both sides.

Pangong Lake high up in the Ladakh region of India. Photo: AP
Pangong Lake is high up in the Ladakh region of India. Photo: AP

 

Amidst the on-going conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the country’s military brass to achieve the targets of ‘strengthening’ China’s national defense and armed forces.

Chinese state-owned tabloid Global Times characterized China’s actions at the LAC as a robust military response to “India’s illegal trespassing incident.”

A Chinese defense website with close links to the PLA has also claimed that the entire Galwan River valley is a part of China, further fueling the conflict.

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments bar below.

  • China’s action is absolutely justified….false perishes when it faces truth …indian claim is false….it has no base…illegal, unilateral abrogation of 370 is nail in the coffin of India’s claim over this disputed territory (recognised by 11 resolutions of UN)…India is a baseless, fascist. terrorist state….claiming every neighboring countries land…bloody hungry beggars…it follows Hitlers/Naziaim ideology…has already forciably poccupied christian, muslim and other religion’s neighboring states e.g GOUA, Jammu and Kashmir (which is disputed as per UN resolution, byt india illegally annexed it violating all UN resolutions)…Kashmiris are under lock down since last 10 months and all of their leadership and youth are in Jail…they claim over whole world The safron ideology…every one should be Hindu …whole world musl be converted to hinduism)…Modi (the internationally recognised terrorist) is life time member of this terrorist organization RSS/ the mother of BJP….west must open it eyes….they must decide things on the base of sanity not just bcz they have enmity with some nation….india’s act of abrogation of article 370, changing the status of state of Jammu &Kashimr and annexing it, was illegal…left no option with china to assert its control in its claimed region…India has territory dispute with Nepal too…

  • If one is fair, Ladakh and part of Baltistan belongs to China. The ethnic population is more mongoloid Asian rather than south Asian. A small part of China belongs to Tajikistan as the population is Tajik and persian speaking. The nation state borders that have not respected the historical ethnic borders are now causing big conflicts. The land is not valuable or resource rich but human emotional tribalism raises stakes very high.


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