Tensions remain high as heroes of Galwan are laid to rest


NATIONAL | JUNE 18, 2020:

As India and China continue to seek ways to de-escalate the tension between them, funeral preparations were made on Thursday for the 20 Indian soldiers who died fighting the Chinese PLA troops along the disputed mountainous border region in Ladakh.

Indian troops stationed at the Galwan Valley in the western Himalayas, are now on high alert even after three days since the clashes ended.

On Wednesday, Indian Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, spoke to top Chinese diplomat, Wang Yi, and the two sides agreed not to escalate matters further.

However, both parties blamed each other and demanded the withdrawal of troops.

According to Jaishankar, the need of the hour is for the Chinese side to reassess its action.

However, the Chinese diplomat stated that India must punish those responsible for the conflict and control its frontline troops.

Meanwhile, China has asked India not to misjudge the situation or underestimate its will.

Although China's President, Xi Jinping, has refused to speak out about the escalation of tensions between the two countries, Beijing's spokesperson responded to India's warning on social media.

"India must not misjudge the current situation or underestimate China's firm will in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.