India-China News Highlights (June 17): Galwan Valley incident will have serious impact on bilateral ties, India tells China

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Updated: June 17, 2020 11:40:32 pm

India China Border news Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sent a strong message to China, stating that India will protect its territorial integrity and will not shy away from responding , if provoked.

india china border news, india china standoff 2020, india china war latest newsIndia China standoff 2020 LIVE: Tensions flared up on India-China Border in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley region as Indian Army and China’s PLA suffered casualties in a violent faceoff on Monday night. (File PTI photo)

India China Border news Highlights : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sent a strong message to China, stating that India will protect its territorial integrity and will not shy away from responding if provoked. While stating that India wants peace, PM Modi said that India is capable of responding when the need arises. Assuring the citizens’ that the sacrifices of jawans will not go in vain, PM Modi paid tribute to the martyrs. “Humaare jawaan maarte maarte mare hai,” he said. He also paid a 2-minute silent tribute to the martyrs at the meeting with chief ministers.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and they agreed to “cool down” tensions on the ground “as soon as possible” and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border area under the agreement reached between the two countries, an official statement said. During the telephonic talk, Jaishankar conveyed to Wang India’s protest in the strongest terms on the violent face-off and said the unprecedented development will have “serious impact” on bilateral ties. He asked the Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

PM Modi has called for an all-party meet to discuss the ongoing India-China situation. The virtual meet, to be attended by presidents of various political parties, will be held on June 19 at 5 PM. The Chinese PLA may have suffered a significant number of casualties” in the violent face-off between India and China in Galwan Valley on the night of June 15-16, according to an ANI report. The agency has also said that the Chinese Commanding Officer of the unit involved in the face-off is those among killed.

Tensions flared up on India-China Border in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley region as Indian Army and China’s PLA suffered casualties in a violent faceoff on Monday night. Indian and Chinese soldiers were in a eye ball to eye ball standoff in the region for over a month now. Indian Army on Tuesday said that there was loss of 20 lives on the Indian side.

One Commanding officer was also martyred in the line of duty from CO of 16 Bihar. Track Financial Express Online for the latest news on the India-China border standoff – the worst in several decades:

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    23:29 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: We're aware & monitoring the situation between Indian & Chinese forces along LAC, says White House Press Secretary

    We're aware & monitoring the situation between Indian & Chinese forces along Line of Actual Control & Eastern Ladakh. We've seen Indian Army statement that 20 Indian soldiers died as a result of the confrontation, we send our deepest condolences on that: White House Press Secretary (ANI)

    23:25 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Armed forces always shown remarkable courage, protected India's sovereignty, says PM Modi

    The armed forces have always shown remarkable courage and steadfastly protected India's sovereignty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, paying tribute to the army personnel killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in east Ladakh. (PTI) 

    23:01 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: It was pre-planned by China, Indian forces will give befitting reply, says MoS Defence, S Naik

    It's a matter of national security, there'll be no compromise. I pay tribute to all jawans who lost lives. Nation is proud of them that they made the supreme sacrifice. It won't be in vain. It was pre-planned by China, Indian forces will give befitting reply: MoS Defence, S Naik (ANI)

    22:54 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Top military official tells PTI that "the rules of engagement will be different from now onwards"

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting with Chief of Defence Staff and three service chiefs following which all the frontline bases of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force along the nearly 3,500 km de-facto border were put on high alert in view of the clash, military sources said. The Indian Navy has also been asked to raise its alert-level in the Indian Ocean Region where Chinese Navy has been making regular forays. The sources said the army has rushed in additional troops to all sensitive areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, and directed all the frontline bases to deal with any aggressive behaviour by Chinese Army with a "firm" hand. "The rules of engagement will be different from now onwards," a top military official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

    22:28 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: 18 soldiers injured in Galwan Valley clash undergoing treatment, says report

    Eighteen Army personnel sustained injuries during the violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on Monday night and they are undergoing treatment at a military hospital, people familiar with the matter said. Out of 18, four personnel were critically injured but they are responding to treatment and are stable now, they said. (PTI) 

    22:17 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Tributes to the martyrs who lost their lives protecting our nation in Eastern Ladakh, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Tributes to the martyrs who lost their lives protecting our nation in Eastern Ladakh. Their supreme sacrifice will never be forgotten. India is proud of the valour of our armed forces. They have always shown remarkable courage and steadfastly protected India’s sovereignty: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter

    22:09 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Russia welcomes all steps aimed at de-escalation at the LAC

    Amid heightened Sino-India tensions after a border clash between their troops, Russia on Wednesday asserted that the existence of RIC (Russia-India-China) is an undisputable reality and there were no indications that the trilateral cooperation may be frozen. Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev also welcomed all steps aimed at de-escalation of Sino-India tensions. "We welcome all steps aimed at de-escalation at the LAC, including the conversation between the two FMs, and remain optimistic," he said on Twitter. (PTI)

    22:05 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Galwan Valley incident will have serious impact on bilateral ties, India tells China

    India on Wednesday delivered a strong message to China that the "unprecedented" incident in the Galwan Valley will have a "serious impact" on the bilateral relationship and held the "pre-meditated" action by Chinese army directly responsible for the violence that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead. (PTI)

    21:31 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves from 7, Lok Kalyan Marg after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

    21:19 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Chinese foreign minister Wang & MEA S Jaishankar agree to 'cool down' border tensions, reports PTI

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday and they agreed to "cool down" tensions on the ground "as soon as possible" and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border area under the agreement reached between the two countries, an official statement said here. (PTI) 

    21:10 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: RSS condemns China's "aggressive and violent work"

    The RSS on Wednesday strongly condemned the "aggressive and violent work of the Chinese government and its Army", in first comments on the death of 20 Indian Army personnel in the clash along the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paid tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while protecting the borders and extended condolences to their families. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a fierce clash with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. It was the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region. The RSS issued a joint statement of its chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Twitter, deploring Chinese actions. "RSS bows before the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the integrity and self-respect of the country in Galwan region in Ladakh. "We on behalf of the country express condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers. We condemn the aggressive and violent work of Chinese government and Chinese army," said the statement. The Nagpur-headquartered organisation said the people of India stand unitedly behind the government and the Army. "In this difficult time, we citizens of India, are completely standing with the Indian Army and government," the RSS said. (PTI)

    21:04 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: ANI sources say talks between Major Generals of India and China in Galwan Valley are over

    Talks between Major Generals of India and China in Galwan Valley are over. The talks have remained inconclusive as no immediate disengagement or change in ground has taken place. More talks to take place in the coming days: Sources (ANI)

    21:03 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    Badal calls for proper steps to defend country's integrity

    SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday called for appropriate steps to defend the country's integrity and sovereignty and ensure that sacrifices of Indian soldiers in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh do not go in vain. The Shiromani Akali Dal president also described China's attempts to claim sovereignty over the Galwan valley as "intolerable". "The country should be ready for a befitting action to ensure that the Chinese dare not change the status quo on the Indo-China border again," Badal said in a statement here. "The country should send a strong message to China that such transgressions will invite retaliatory actions. They should be told that there is no way India will agree to parting with even one inch of its land and that it is ready to make the highest sacrifice to protect its sovereignty," he said. (PTI)

    20:57 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Telangana govt, people with Centre in face off with China, says CM K Chandrashekhar Rao

    Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said his government and people stand with the Centre in the violent face off with China, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. He said there should be no compromise on the security of the country and the entire nation should stand as one on the issue. The Chief Minister mentioned about the Indo-China skirmishes at the border while interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's video conference on Wednesday, an official release said. Rao said whether it was China or any other country, if it interferes with the sovereignty of India, there should be a befitting reply. "There is no need for anyone to politicise security matters, the release quoted him as having said. (PTI)

    20:49 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI) 

    20:46 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Chinese nationals in India fear backlash, anxious over anti-China sentiments

    The border clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh broke the brittle quiet - and also the sense of security for anxious Chinese nationals in India who fear a backlash with anti-Chinese sentiment spiralling in the country. On Wednesday, a day after news of the high altitude violent face-off in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley and amid rising talk of boycotting Chinese goods on WhatsApp and other social media, the undercurrent of tension was evident. Wary of being identified, some said they had been reassured by their friends but were still apprehensive for themselves and their families. Adding to their anxiety was news of protests. A group of ex-armymen gathered near the Chinese embassy to protest the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. And another group of around 10 protesters belonging to the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch protested near the Teen Murti roundabout in Central Delhi. (PTI)

    20:36 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Chinese official media highlights PLA casualties at Galwan clash without mentioning numbers

    China may have officially maintained a steady silence on the casualties suffered by its troops in the clashes with the Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley but editorials in the state-run dailies acknowledged the PLA fatalities while calling for disengagement to avert a border war. China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday parried all questions related to the casualties suffered by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night. But the official media conceded casualties on the Chinese side with a common narrative to "avoid any notion of winners or losers and prevent any escalation of tensions". (PTI)

    20:11 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Four Army personnel who were critically injured after the violent face-off now stable

    Four Army personnel who were critically injured after the violent face-off with Chinese troops are stable now: Army Sources (ANI)

    19:58 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: The existence of the RIC is an indisputable reality, says Ambassador of Russia to India

    The existence of the RIC (Russia-India-China) is an indisputable reality, firmly fixed on the world map. As for the current stage of the trilateral cooperation, there are no indications that it might be frozen: Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of Russia to India (ANI)

    19:46 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: We welcome all steps aimed at de-escalation at the LAC, says Ambassador of Russia to India

    We welcome all steps aimed at de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), including the conversation between the two Foreign Ministers, and remain optimistic: Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of Russia to India (ANI)

    19:37 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: I bow to the exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers, says President Kovind

    I bow to the exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers to protect country's sovereignty and integrity: President (PTI)

    19:34 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Martyred soldiers' valour will be eternally etched in nation's memory, says President Kovind

    Martyred soldiers' valour will be eternally etched in nation's memory; My deepest condolences to their families: President on Ladakh clash (PTI)

    19:24 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: President Kovind salutes martyred Indian soldiers

    All those who laid down their lives in Galwan valley of Ladakh have upheld best traditions of Indian armed forces: President Kovind (PTI)

    19:10 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: We stand with the nation at this hour, sasys West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the all party-meeting

    We are proud of our nation, we will fight this together. We stand with the nation at this hour: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on all party-meeting called by PM on June 19 over India China face-off (ANI)

    19:00 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Australian High Commissioner to India conveys condolences to families of Indian soldiers who lost their lives

    We note India’s efforts to de-escalate at border & wish to convey deepest condolences to families of Indian soldiers who lost their lives. As a father of a serving military officer, I value sacrifice that soldiers make in defence of countries: Australian High Commissioner to India (ANI)

    18:55 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: I bow to exemplary courage & supreme sacrifice of our soldiers, says President Ram Nath Kovind

    As Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, I bow to exemplary courage & supreme sacrifice of our soldiers to protect sovereignty & integrity of country. All those who laid down their lives in Galwan Valley have upheld the best traditions of Indian armed forces: President Ram Nath Kovind  (ANI)

    18:51 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage, UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Ladakh face-off

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in a violent clash with the Chinese army in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley displayed exemplary courage and their supreme sacrifice will always be remembered. According to the Indian Army, 20 soldiers, including a Colonel, were killed in the clash on Monday night. |READ MORE

    18:46 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: India will always remain indebted to soldiers for their supreme sacrifice in Ladakh, says Home Minister Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said India will always remain indebted to its soldiers who lost their lives in Ladakh’s Galwan protecting the country’s territory, and their bravery reflects the commitment towards the motherland. In a series of tweets, Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh’s Galwan cannot be put in words. |READ MORE

    18:41 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia welcomes talks being held by India and China to 'de-escalate'

    It has already been announced that the military representatives of India and China have made contact, they are discussing the situation, discussing measures to de-escalate it. We welcome this: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (ANI)

    18:31 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Rahul Gandhi asks why Defence Minister Rajnath Singh did not name China in his tweet over Ladakh face-off

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hits out at Rajnath Singh, asking why did the defence minister 'insult' Army by not naming China in his tweet over Ladakh face-off. #GalwanValley (PTI)

    18:29 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: We stand by country in this hour of crisis, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

    Ladakh face-off: We stand by country in this hour of crisis; support Centre's decision to call all-party meet: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (PTI)

    18:23 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi discuss border issue with EAM S Jaishankar

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the two leaders agreed to “cool down” tensions on the ground “as soon as possible” and maintain peace and tranquility in the border area in accordance with the agreement reached between the two countries, an official statement said here. The telephonic conversation between the two ministers came after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in the clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff between the two countries. |READ MORE

    18:20 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: EAM S Jaishankar conveys India's protest in strongest terms to Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

    EAM S Jaishankar has conveyed to Chinese counterpart Wang Yi India's protest in strongest terms on violent face-off in Galwan: MEA (PTI)

    18:17 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Galwan incident will have serious impact on bilateral relationship, EAM Jaishankar tells Chinese counterpart

    EAM Jaishankar tells Chinese counterpart unprecedented development in Galwan Valley will have serious impact on bilateral relationship: MEA (PTI)

    18:14 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Need of hour was for Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps, Jaishankar tells Chinese Foreign Minister Wang

    Jaishankar tells Chinese Foreign Minister Wang that need of hour was for Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps: MEA (PTI)

    18:08 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Jaishankar tells Chinese counterpart that the two sides should scrupulously implement understanding reached by senior commanders

    Two sides should scrupulously implement understanding reached by senior commanders: Jaishankar tells Chinese counterpart on Ladakh situation (PTI)

    18:06 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Jaishankar tells Chinese foreign minister that Chinese side took premeditated action

    Jaishankar tells Chinese foreign minister that Chinese side took premeditated action that was responsible for violence and casualties: MEA (PTI)

    18:05 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Chinese action reflected intent to change facts on ground, Jaishankar tells FM Wang

    Chinese action reflected intent to change facts on ground in violation of all our agreements to not change status quo: Jaishankar to FM Wang (PTI)

    18:02 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Jaishankar tells Chinese foreign minister that troops of both sides should abide by bilateral agreements and protocols

    Jaishankar tells Chinese foreign minister that troops of both sides should abide by bilateral agreements and protocols: MEA (PTI)

    18:00 (IST)17 Jun 2020
    India China border news LIVE: Jaishankar tells Chinese FM Wang that troops should strictly respect LAC

    Troops should strictly respect Line of Actual Control and should not take any unilateral action to alter it: Jaishankar tells Chinese FM Wang (PTI)

    The Indian Army statement said, "Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high-altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20. Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation." This is the first time in 45 years that Indian soldiers have been killed in a clash at the Line of Actual Control or LAC. The clash took place at Galwan Valley.
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