At least 20 Indian soldiers have been killed in a face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers, according to government sources. Other reports say the Chinese forces also suffered casualties. The first loss of life in at least 45 years between the two sides has sparked fears that it could escalate to World War 3.
Tensions between India and China have been bubbling for awhile after reports of a scuffle between soldiers a few months back while patrolling of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
LAC is a loose demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Indian Union territory of Ladakh.
It was formed after the 1962 war, but both sides still have different “perceptions” of it.
This means both armies attempt to try and patrol, leading to face-offs.
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Rahul Shivshankar, a presenter on India’s English news channel, TIMES NOW, spoke about the crisis: “This is one of the most serious betrayals by China. Viewers, this is now the first instance in 45 years of causalities between India and China across the LAC.
“This is happening at a time when many of us were told by the Indian Government that deescalation was the advanced way in these areas.
“We were also told by the Chinese that communications between the two countries at a diplomatic level were advancing to the point where this crisis looked imminently in control.
“Unfortunately what we have seen is a provocation that must be answered. China must be made to pay.”
Ms Garg emphasised the sense that things will “not remain the way they were”.
She noted that India had suffered causalities and there were now strategies being decided.
The Indian Government have been clear that they are not going to “back down”.
They will examine why this happened and what led to the fights.
Ms Garg said that aggression from China will be responded to in equal measure.