In the Ladakh region, on the disputed border between India and China, an armed skirmish occurred, which killed two soldiers and the commander of the Indian army. On Tuesday, June 16, reports Aljazeera.
The incident occurred on Monday evening in the Galvan Valley. China accused India of crossing the border line, and therefore it was decided to open fire.
According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Zhao Lijiang, Indian troops crossed the border twice on June 15, thereby provoking the Chinese military in retaliation.
Currently, representatives of the military structures of both parties have left for the scene and are going to hold negotiations to resolve the conflict.
June 9, it became known that India and China began to withdraw troops from eastern Ladakh. Since the beginning of May, numerous armed clashes have occurred in this disputed territory.
Now the two most populated countries of the world – India and China – are divided by a conditional line, called the “MacMagon Line” (named after the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of British India, who proposed this border in 1914). India and the government of the Dalai Lama (the actual leader of the state of Tibet) recognized the existing border, while China did not, as was reported in an official diplomatic note in 1959.
After this, attempts were repeatedly made to solve the problem: two Sino-Indian agreements – from 1993 and 1996 – were unsuccessful. Two sections of the border territory remain controversial: in the north-eastern part of Kashmir and in the north of Arunachal Pradesh.