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    At Least 20 Indian Soldiers Killed in Border Clashes with China (Update)

    At Least 20 Indian Soldiers Killed in Border Clashes with China (Update)

    “First deadly confrontation between the two Asian giants since 1975.”
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    The ongoing India-China border dispute turned deadly on Tuesday after 20 Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed by Chinese troops in the Himalayan region, the Indian army confirmed.

    Indian “Army has lost one officer and 19 soldiers in a violent face off, newspaper Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

    “17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries,” Indian Army said in a statement. This brings the total number of Indian casualties to 20.

    There were reports of casualties on the Chinese side, but Beijing hasn’t released any details so far.

    “Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties,” tweeted the editor-in-chief of Chinese newspaper Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece. The deaths were the result of hand-to-hand combat.

    It was unclear if shots were fired during the incident, media reports said.

    The tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers escalated last month after Chinese troops crossed into the Indian border in the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh. China occupied around sixty square kilometers of Indian territory during the incursion, Indian officials say. Recent satellite imagery showed massive build-up by China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) along the border.

    Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times reported the details of the deadly clash on Tuesday:

    The Indian army suffered multiple casualties, including that of an officer, in a “violent face off” with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday night in eastern Ladakh, the army said in a statement. It added that there were casualties on both sides.

    These are the first Indian casualties in a clash with the PLA since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.

    [Hindustan Times] learns that the officer is the commanding officer of the unit involved in the scrap, and that one of the other casualties is that of a JCO.

    The army said the incident took place at a time the de-escalation process was “underway in the Galwan valley”. (…)

    All the deaths are from thrown stones and rods that were used by the soldiers, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity. The army did not comment on this. However, this won’t be the first time the two armies have engaged in fisticuffs or used stones as missiles to attack each other in the area.

    In the war of 1962, China took large parts of Indian territory in that same region. Despite China’s continued demands for India to surrender more areas, the two countries have not gone to war ever since. This is the first deadly clash between the two countries in 45 years.

    China blamed India for the deadly confrontation. The Indian side was guilty of “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.

    The incident took place a day after China’s Communist Party mouthpiece threatened India for supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, and building better economic ties with Taiwan, an independent country which Beijing treats as a breakaway province.

    “The Indian government is expected not to let such negative sentiment sabotage China-India relations and intensify the two countries’ disputes.” the Communist Party-run Global Times warned in an editorial on Monday.

    The United States has backed India in the face of recent Chinese aggression. Last month, Ambassador Alice Wells, the senior U.S. diplomat for South and Central Asia, called Communist China’s behavior towards India provocative and disturbing.

    (Update: Indian causality figures revised from three to 20 based on official Indian statement)

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    Tom Servo | June 16, 2020 at 11:03 am

    SO do Indian Lives Matter?

    Exiliado | June 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

    This is on the globalists that helped China gain so much power.
    Vote for Biden and you are helping them too.

      They bought-off most of our politicians and have cut us off at the knees. The next domino is India, their only other worthy adversary.

        McGehee in reply to | June 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm

        They’d sure like us to think there’s nothing we can do.

        thetaqjr in reply to | June 17, 2020 at 5:06 am

        As a staunch patriot and keen observer, You’re obligated to describe in detail to your readers When, and Which ones of US politicians the Chinese “bought”, what the market value of the exchange was, and what, exactly, the medium of exchange was.

        Tell us what you got except vent.

          Barry in reply to thetaqjr. | June 17, 2020 at 9:23 am

          Obligated only to tell the commie prog thetaqjr to buzz off.

          Richard G. in reply to thetaqjr. | June 17, 2020 at 11:37 am

          “…When, and Which ones of US politicians the Chinese “bought”… ”

          For starters a quick search reveals from CNN in 1998 “WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 28) — Charlie Trie, a longtime friend of President Bill Clinton, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington in connection with campaign finance abuses, CNN has learned. “…”He raised a combined $1.2 million for the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s legal defense fund — money which both entities later returned because of questions about its source. ”

          From NR “The most suspect funds were brought in by Johnny Chung, a bagman for the Asian billionaire Riady family. Chung confessed that at least $35,000 of his donations to the Clinton campaign and the DNC had come from a Chinese aerospace executive — a lieutenant colonel in the Chinese military. Chung said the executive had helped him meet three times with General Ji Shengde, the head of Chinese military intelligence. According to Chung’s testimony, General Shengde had told him: “We really like your president. We hope he will be reelected. I will give you $300,000 U.S. dollars. You can give it to . . . your president and the Democratic party.”…”The sprawling fundraising scandal ultimately led to 22 guilty pleas on various violations of election laws.”

          Hmmm, a Chinese aerospace executive…. “Trie accepted a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in 1999 in exchange for providing information about questionable campaign contributions from China. McAuliffe helped a company called Loral Space get seats on official trade missions.”( CNN again:”By Alex Frew McMillan HONG KONG, China –U.S. satellite maker Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has agreed to pay a $14 million fine for passing missile technology to China.”

          Just for starters. Need a snorkel to breath? Pull your head out of the sand. Global *initiative* my ass.

    Lucifer Morningstar | June 16, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Better India than the United States. And if the US government had any sense they’d let the two duke it out and not get involved.

    McGehee | June 16, 2020 at 11:54 am

    More proof that Xi is in trouble and knows it.

    alaskabob | June 16, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    India has the only population (and nukes) that can go toe to toe with China. Tibet, India and eventually japan, Taiwan and later Australia and NZ will be under their de facto economic control. This is slow motion aggression. These are still overshadowed by Wuhan which has been reduced to a means to turn the USA into a CCP clone by the Left. It’s as if the nation on Dec 9, 1941 forgot Pearl Harbor was attacked.

      It’s worse: it’s as if the Japanese had bribed the entire democrat party and half the GOP and our schools and our media before bombing Pearl Harbor.

      No one can defeat America, except from within. The ChiComms have done it. There is an epidemic of treason in the United States.

      Brainwashed white snowflake nazis – them you can understand, to a degree (though we know they know they’re just looking for a free ride). But the likes of peolsi and feinstein – they’re willing traitors.

      Barry in reply to alaskabob. | June 17, 2020 at 9:33 am

      “India has the only population…”

      While the Indian military has some pretty ferocious fighters, they are no match for the chinese military.

      China spends four+ times what India spends on the military. Every year, to the tune of roughly 220 billion to 50 billion.

      Nuclear is a different story. And that is what calms any skirmish. Were Indians without nuclear weapons the chinese would run right over them.

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