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Beijing asked New Delhi to ‘hold violators accountable’ — China journal on Galwan clash

China had asked India for a “thorough investigation” into the Galwan clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead on 15 June, according to the July issue of the China-India Review, a monthly journal published by the Chinese Embassy in India.

The journal said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had also urged his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, when the two spoke over the phone on 17 June, to “hold the violators accountable” and to “strictly discipline frontline (Indian) troops” holding them responsible for the skirmish.

“We urge the Indian side to conduct a thorough investigation, hold the violators accountable, strictly discipline the frontline troops and immediately stop all provocative acts to ensure such incidents will not occur again,” the journal said.

“The adventurism of the Indian Army seriously violated agreements on border issues between the two countries and severely violated basic norms governing international relations,” it added.

The journal reiterated the Chinese stance that it was Indian troops that “openly broke” the consensus, which was reached during the commander-level meeting on 6 June. It added that the “Indian side must not misjudge the current situation and must not underestimate China’s firm determination to safeguard our territorial sovereignty”.

China has officially not disclosed the number of casualties it suffered during the violent face-off at the Galwan river valley in Eastern Ladakh on 15 June.

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