Here is a look at the latest developments of the day:
Sacrifice of our jawans will not go in vain: PM Modi
Speaking for the first time on the border situation in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that while India favors peace, it is also capable of giving a fitting reply when provoked. “I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not go in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country are the most important…India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated,” he said.
PM Modi to hold all-party meet on June 19
In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 pm on June 19. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting.
Major General-level talks held between India-China in Galwan
Major General-level talks were held between India and China in the Galwan Valley to further defuse the situation after the violent face-off between the troops on June 15-16, according to Army sources. Several rounds of high-level talks – at both military and diplomatic levels – have been held between the two countries to de-escalate the weeks-long conflict at the LAC.
Later in the evening, the talks between Major Generals of India and China in Galwan Valley concluded and remained inconclusive. No immediate disengagement or change in ground could take place. More talks to take place in the coming days, the sources said.
Army, Navy, Air Force put on high alert
Front-line bases of the Indian Army and the Air Force along the nearly 3,500 km de-facto border with China were on Wednesday put on high alert following the clash. The Indian Navy has also been asked to raise its alert level in the Indian Ocean Region where the Chinese Navy has been making regular forays.
‘Unprecedented’ development will have serious impact on bilateral ties: India to China
India delivered a strong message to China that the “unprecedented” incident in the Galwan Valley will have a “serious impact” on the bilateral relationship and held the “pre-meditated” action by Chinese army directly responsible for the violence.
In a telephonic conversation, external affairs minister Jaishankar conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Wi India’s protest in the “strongest terms” and said the Chinese side should reassess its actions and take corrective steps. Meanwhile, Wang demanded the Indian side to conduct a “thorough investigation”, “severely punish those responsible” for the incident, “strictly control the frontline troops”, and “immediately stop all provocative actions” to ensure that such incidents cannot occur again.
Whole country with you, answer people’s questions on China face-off: Opposition to PM
The death of 20 Indian soldiers along the LAC in Ladakh on Wednesday saw the opposition asking the Prime Minister to explain how the Chinese occupied Indian territory, even as the government contended that the sacrifice of soldiers would not go in vain.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward and tell why 20 soldiers were killed, while Rahul Gandhi asked him to come out of “hiding” and share the truth of the India-China face-off, saying the entire country was standing behind him.
China suffered 35 casualties during Galwan clash: US intel
The Chinese army suffered 35 casualties during the violent clash with the Indian military in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, official sources said on Wednesday quoting US intelligence reports. The figure could be a combination of the total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded. Yesterday, sources had claimed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties in the clash.
Sovereignty of Galwan area belongs to us: China
Zhao Lijian, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday that the sovereignty of the Galwan valley area “has always belonged to China” and that the Indian border troops “flip-flopped and seriously violated” China’s border protocols as well as the consensus of commander level talks. Lijian said that China is asking India “to strictly discipline its frontline troops” and “provocative activity at once” in order to “work with China and come back to the right track of resolving the differences through dialogue & talk.” The Chinese spokesperson said that the two nations were communicating through diplomatic and military channels.