In the night of May 15, Galwan valley saw clashes broke out between Indian soldiers and Chinese. After the clash, the Chinese military stated that they have not directly made sovereignty for decades over whole Galwan alley.
20 Indian soldiers were killed in the violent face-off. This marked a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries, who had reportedly been in the midst of a process of disengagement from their stand-off that began six weeks ago.
Not only the Chinese army, but the Chinese foreign ministry too confirmed that Indian troops have illegally crossed the border.
“The sovereignty over the Galvan Valley area has always belonged to China,” said PLA western theatre command spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shiuli.
A 1962 Chinese map stretches its boundary till the Shyok river. Galwan was the only area not having disputes over LAC, as reported by The Wire.
Therefore, it had been a rude wake-up call when India first observed Chinese troops pouring into the Galwan region in early May, leading to the first face-off on the night of May 5-6, wrote The Wire.
Galwan Valley Face-Off Led To Deaths On Both Sides
India claimed that China broke the border agreement. China did not confine their troops to their traditional grounds, but rather scattering them from Galwan to other parts of eastern Ladakh.
Since years Galwan valley had remained a peaceful area of the LAC. There were no face-to-face connections with Indian and Chinese petrol teams in Galwan area. However, things have changed now.
India’s DSDBO road connects Leh to the Karakoram pass. India has started work on this road in 2001. However, it was fully completed in the last year, after a realignment of a section along the Shyok river.
Chinese had continuously raised concerns regarding the DSDBO road at many border meetings held. However, the Indian side had been suspicious that China was articulating the real motivation for its actions in eastern Ladakh.
The highest-level military level meeting on the current crisis was held on June 6 at Chushul between Leh corps commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region’s Major General Liu Lin.