In recent times China has been getting ‘aggressive’ against India. Although there are many reasons for it; the dispute regarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has been one of the highlights.
The Current Scenario:
On Tuesday, India said, Chinese troops attempted to close in on position in the Eastern Ladakh. A day earlier, Chinese troops fired shots in the air leading to a rapid escalation of tension along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC), which never happened in 45 years.
This escalation took place a few days, after the meeting held in Moscow between Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. During the meeting, in Moscow, China and India accused each other of firing into the air during the confrontation, a violation of long-held protocol not to use firearms on the sensitive frontier.
Indian Army released a statement saying, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to provoke the Indian Army. The Indian Army acted wisely to calm the situation and made sure that India will not fall back an inch on their land.
Everything started in late May, where Chinese forces objected to Indian road construction in Galwan valley. On 15th June 2020, a violent face-off took place which resulted in the death of 20 Indian army soldiers (including an officer) and casualties of 43 Chinese soldiers as per sources.
Later, the media reported that the India soldiers are taken captive by China and vice versa. Since then, both sides stand face to face along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The Resulting Action:
Amid the Standoff, India reinforced 12,000 additional soldiers. And China had reinforced heavy military equipment as well as the army. The Indian government is trying to solve this issue through diplomatic ways, but warns that the Indian army is always ready to take any military action, if needed.
Since May, global media is watching the India-China conflict. The United States is ready to help in solving the dispute between India and China. Trump stated to the reporters, the situation was very nasty, adding that the Chinese were going at it much more strongly. But, China said, there is no need for a third party to mediate between two neighboring countries.
What is the reason for the dispute between India and China?
In 1962, India and China had a war. Since then, there is a border dispute between both countries. Pakistan is the main reason for this conflict as China supports Pakistan in many issues related to India. China and India share 3440 miles of the border. Many areas from Galwan valley to Doklam are claimed by India and China.
As the border is poorly demarcated, many times ,the soldiers came face to face. Both the countries are competing with each other to build a road on the disputed border. A new road to a high altitude towards airbase on Galwan valley triggered the clashes, that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
How bad is the situation on India China Border?
Since May, China and India are having a face-off with each other on Ladakh. But, have never fired a single shot over the four decades. This happened for the very first time that there was a fire exchange from both sides. Indian army released unseen pictures of Chinese soldiers with spears rifles at LAC.
According to the sources, India is committed towards disengagement and de-escalation, while China is continuously escalating the situation. The Indian army released a statement earlier, adding, it is the PLA which is blatantly violating the agreement and carrying out aggressive maneuver’s.
Meanwhile, China claimed that the Indian troops illegally crossed the Eastern border of Ladakh and fired warning shots. Chinese foreign minister said that India’s action is considered as serious military provocation. Also, he requested India to stop this immediately.
Is there any diplomatic solution?
Indian military’s and Chinese military’s top commander had many talks over Galwan valley, but has been futile. Russia’s president urges both the countries to resolve the dispute without military conflict.
Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.
Last week, defence minister Rajnath Singh returned from Moscow, where he participated in SCO defence minister meeting. Rajnath Singh said, India will protect their border at any cost. In counterpart, China blames India for the standoff in Ladakh.
The Final Say:
Experts are hoping for some positive news. However, India will never want a military conflict with China because of COVID-19. And the Indian economy is shrunk by -23% and China’s economy has a growth of 3% .
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