Ladakh Face-Off: Did China Betray India After De-Escalation Talks At LAC?

There is speculation that China may have broken the ceasefire agreement made with India as a result of the events of June 15.

Jessica David

June 17, 2020

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Tuesday (June 16), issued a statement on the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in response to media queries on the situation in the western sector of the Sino-India border. The MEA’s official spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said, “India and China have been discussing through military and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of the situation in the border area in eastern Ladakh. Senior Commanders had a productive meeting on June 6 and agreed on a process for such de-escalation.”

“Subsequently, ground commanders had a series of meetings to implement the consensus reached a higher level.” He added, “While it was our expectation that this would unfold smoothly, the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley.” Srivastava further said, “On the night of June 15, a violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there.”

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