India slams China for LAC standoff, says this about Galwan Valley clashes

China for its “unilateral and provocative” actions in order to change the status quo by force on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Defence Ministry has said in an annual report that the Chinese forces got the response in a “firm” and “non-escalatory way”.

The report asserted that Indian forces are ready to challenge any “misadventure” by Chinese Army, adding that New Delhi and Beijing are also holding dialogue to resolve the border issue peacefully.

Referring to the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred, the Defence Ministry said the Chinese side also suffered “significant casualties”.

“Unilateral and provocative actions by the Chinese to change the status quo by force, in more than one area on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), were responded to in a firm and non-escalatory way, ensuring the sanctity of our claims in Eastern Ladakh,” it said.

“Indian Army has maintained all protocols and agreements between the two countries while the PLA escalated the situation by utilisation of unorthodox weapons and amassing a large number of troops,” it added. (PTK)