June 17, 2020 (New Delhi) – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) suffered over 35 casualties during the violent clash with the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, says US intelligence report issued on their official portal on Wednesday.
The casualties figures highlight the total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded, says the report.
Meanwhile, China has not issued any official statement about the number of casualties suffered by the Chinese Army.
‘’ Xi government would not be doing so as a goodwill gesture to avoid the comparison of casualty numbers on both sides.’’ China’s mouthpiece Global Times reported on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, digital news agency ANI quoting sources said that PLA is said to have suffered 43 casualties, including dead and injured.
Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in face-off in the Galwan valley: Sources confirm to ANI pic.twitter.com/xgUVYSpTzs
— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2020
Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an all-party meeting on Friday to discuss the latest escalation at LAC in Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives. Presidents of warriors political parties have been sent an invitation for meeting at 5 pm on Friday via video, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said.
In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister @narendramodi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 17, 2020
Monday’s escalation came after weeks of tension along Indo-China border when an Indian patrol jeep moved to remove a Chinese tent in the Galwan river valley at 15,000 feet. China has agreed to remove the tent after a bilateral agreement between Lieutenant General ranked officers from both sides on June 06.
The incident involved ‘no shooting’ but violent hand-to-hand scuffle. The soldiers threw punches and hurled stones at each other. The Chinese troops allegedly used rods and nail-studded clubs during the clash that lasted for hours until midnight on Monday, says the report.