A spokesman for the Chinese military department said that “this led to a fierce hand-to-hand fight, which ended in human casualties.”
According to TASS, citing a statement by the official representative of the Western zone of the military command of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) senior colonel Zhang Shuili, the PRC Ministry of Defense accused the Indian military of illegally crossing the actual control line in Ladakh and preparing a “provocative attack.”
“In the evening of June 15, in the Galvan river valley on the Sino-Indian border, the Indian troops violated their obligations, again illegally crossed the line of actual control and planned to carry out a provocative attack. This led to a fierce hand-to-hand fight, which ended in human casualties, ” said Zhang Shuili, without specifying which victims are involved.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense demanded that the Indian side strictly curb its troops at the forefront, immediately stop all encroachments and provocations, move towards the Chinese side and return to the right path to resolve differences through negotiations.
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Earlier Tuesday, NDTV made a statement citing representatives of the Indian ground forces about the deaths of three Indian border guards, as well as losses from the Chinese side during the clash in the area of the Union territory of Ladakh.