Three Indian Army personnel, five PLA soldiers killed in Ladakh face-off

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NATIONAL | JUNE 16, 2020:

An officer of the Indian Army was killed along with two soldiers on Monday evening during a violent face-off with the Chinese PLA troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh. Five Chinese soldiers were killed and 11 were injured in the incident.

"During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. 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," the Indian Army said in an official statement released on Tuesday.

On Monday, Brigade Commander and company level talks took place in Eastern Ladakh between India and China. The talks were held near patrolling point 14, which is located near the mouth of Galwan Valley and patrolling point 17, which is at Hot Spring Area.

This is the first time in decades that a clash involving casualties has taken place along the border between India and China.

Meanwhile, retired US Army colonel Lawrence Sellin took to Twitter and posted the following tweet, "China – Don't mess with India. Despite the tragic Indian losses, the Indian Army delivers punishing casualties on the Chinese People's Liberation Army aggressors."

Former Indian army commander D.S Hooda said: "This is extremely, extremely serious, this is going to vitiate whatever dialogue was going on."

China accuses India of crossing border:

On the other hand, China has accused India of crossing the border and attacking its personnel.

Although Beijing made no clear mention of deaths or injuries, it laid the blame solely on India.

"Indian troops crossed the border line twice provoking and attacking Chinese personnel. This resulted in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

However, China's foreign ministry was earlier quoted saying that it was unaware of the incident in Ladakh and warned India to refrain from taking unilateral action or from attempting to stir up trouble.

"China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. It may be mentioned that according several reliable sources including Chinese military expert, Huang Guozhi, who is also the senior editor of Modern Weaponry magazine, India has the world's largest and experienced plateau and mountain troops equipped with some of the best weapons suited for such terrain in the Tibetan border.

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