A violent clash broke out between the two nation’s soldiers Indian and Chinese recently in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh (India) region. Around 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the face-off.

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The loss of 20 Army personnel on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is considered as the most violent face off between Indian Army and the Chinese troops (PLA) in more than 5 decades.

What is the Current issue?

The Armies of both nation’s India and China are currently engaged in standoff in Galwan valley, Pangong Tso, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh.

The stand off between the nations has increased in recent weeks as India is building a strategic road through the Galwan valley that is close to China (LAC). The road connects the region to an airstrip. This improves military access of India to the region.

External Affairs Minister (S Jai Shankar)

The External Affairs Minister of India Shri Dr. S JaiShankar held a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Wang Yi. The External Affairs minister’s has conveyed the protest of the Indian Government over the stand-off in strongest terms.

History

The stand-off in the Galwan area was one of the biggest flashpoints in the 1962 war. the People’s Republic of China till date opposes to Indian constitutional provisions in the area. India, in 2019, revoke Article 370 of the Constitution ending the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. China was one of the handful of countries that condemned the move. China even tried to raise the issue in the international forum including United Nations Security Council (UNSC). India China clash at Galwan Valley India China clash at Galwan Valley