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China points fingers at India, urges restraint

China urged India to “strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation.”

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2020 2:30:23 pm
India vs china, galwan valley, India china war A file photo of members of the People’s Liberation Army honor guards. (Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

After India said that it has lost one Army officer and two soldiers, Beijing on Tuesday accused India of “crossing the border” and “attacking Chinese personnel”, news agencies reported.

It also urged India to “strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation.”

AFP news agency reported that “Beijing accuses India of crossing border, ‘attacking Chinese personnel’”.

Reuters India also tweeted, “China foreign ministry, asked about Indian army reporting casualties in clash with China, says calls on India to not take unilateral actions or stir up trouble.”

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China’s state-run Global Times tweeted, quoting Chinese Foreign ministry, “#Indian troops on Monday seriously violated the consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border twice and carrying out provocative attacks on Chinese soldiers, resulting in serious physical clashes.”

“China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation,” the Global Times reported.

It also said that China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas.

This is the first combat casualty on the India-China border after 45 years, where the Army has lost one officer and two soldiers in a violent faceoff in the Galwan Valley last night.

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