Tensions on the India-China border have spiked to the highest since 1962 after Indian troops including the Indian commanding officer were killed by the Chinese troops. India has lost 20 soldiers in a clash over a recent conflict at the LAC border with China. The clash took place at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night.

The army said in a statement that 17 critically injured Indian troops succumbed to their wounds. An officer and two soldiers had also died earlier. There have been casualties on the Chinese side but the number is still not known.

“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation,” an Indian Army statement reads.

Reason behind the India-China border tensions

  • There have been tensions among the India-China border over the past months. Many incidents reported on at least four different locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • India has accused China of sending thousands of troops into Ladakh’s Galwan valley and says China occupies 38,000sq km of its territory.
  • China has accused Indian troops of crossing the border twice. It led to provoking and attacking the Chinese personnel.
  • China has also objected to India building a road through the valley connecting the region to an airstrip.

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