India China Face-off Sees Casualties

India China Standoff

Several casualties were observed in the latest face-off between India and China, with the incident coming after weeks of standoff between the two.

Crux of the Matter

LAC Casualties
On 15 June, 2020, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with China in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The physical confrontation included the use of stones and rods. The incident came after 6 weeks of the standoff at the border, with China invoking aggression at different places along the LAC.

Sequence Of Events

  • Troop disengagement agreed on 6 June
  • 15 June: Indian Patrol went to verify withdrawal in evening
  • Found no withdrawal from Chinese side
  • Fight ensued, with soldiers using stones and rods
  • Initially the fight was between the first patrol troops. However, it ended with a mass altercation of 200-300 soldiers as more troops arrived for support
  • Indian casualties chiefly by soldiers falling into ravine of sub-zero temperatures
  • 40-50 Chinese casualties mainly because of the breakdown of ridge and landslide

Timeline Of LAC Conflict
Conflicts between India and China in recent times started after the former began infrastructure development at the LAC, for which the latter expressed disapproval.

  • 10 May 2020: Skirmish near Nathu La, Sikkim
  • 10-11 May: Chinese jets spotted near LAC Ladakh
  • 20 May: Chinese army deployed in excess at Pangong Lake
  • 21-24 May: Chinese troops reportedly enter Indian territory
  • 15 June: Violent standoff inflicting casualties
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