China says it has not seized any Indian soldiers

China says it has not seized any Indian soldiers

China says it has not seized any Indian soldiers

The United States on Thursday expressed its deepest condolences to India on the loss of lives of its soldiers in violent clashes with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh early this week.

The Indian government has not confirmed the news, nor confirmed that any of its troops were missing.

China did not acknowledge any casualties among its forces, while at least 76 Indian soldiers were injured. The two sides should scrupulously and sincerely implement the understanding that was reached by the Senior Commanders on 6 June.

India prepared to hold funerals on Thursday for some of the 20 soldiers killed in brutal hand-to-hand fighting with Chinese troops in a disputed mountainous border region, as the two governments sought to de-escalate tensions.

Hashtag #BoycottChina has been going viral on social media in India. Neither Chinese or Indian officials have commented on it. China has not said whether any of its soldiers died.

In a sharp reaction to the claim by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava referred to an agreement reached between Chinese and Indian militaries on "disengagement" during the Lt General-level talks on 6 June.

The 10 soldiers were freed late Thursday, the Press Trust of India news agency and other media reported.

The Chinese are trying to usurp Indian land and even launched a massive propaganda campaign to claim that its troops were positioned within the Chinese border, which is a lie that has been exposed by global think-tanks keeping a close watch on India-China border developments.

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Colonel Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of the 16 Bihar Regiment, along with 19 other jawans, was martyred in the attack, which saw the first fatalities in an India-China border skirmish for the first time in 45 years.

He added that the incident would have "serious repercussions" on India's relationship with China, while adding that both sides were committed to further disengaging in the remote Himalayan plateau. Indian officials have denied reports that any of its troops were in Chinese custody. The clash was variously described by former diplomats as an ambush and an accident. China prevailed, and the new status quo became the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

But there have been other tense confrontations along the border in recent weeks.

Over the past few weeks, Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in aggressive posturing at multiple locations along the two nations' de facto border, known as Line of Actual Control (LAC), raising tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Several rounds of talks in the last three decades have failed to resolve the boundary disputes.

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