Trump says USA will help India, China resolve 'tough situation'

Trump says USA will help India, China resolve 'tough situation'

On Thursday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had dismissed the PLA's claim as "exaggerated and untenable".

The recent uptick in tensions began in early May, when several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing.

"Nobody has intruded into our border, neither is anybody there now, nor have our posts been captured", Modi said, referring to the hand-to-hand fighting between the soldiers that took place last week.

His remarks came a day after Modi categorically stated at the all-party meeting on the Chinese intrusion in the Galwan Valley and the killing of Indian soldiers that "no Indian post or territory is occupied by anyone".

In 1962, the countries fought armed conflicts in the Aksai Chin and Shaksgam valley in the Himalayas, which killed over 1,300 Indian troops and 722 Chinese soldiers.

This remark came after at least twenty Indian army personnel were killed in the deadliest faceoff of almost half-a-century with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Galwan Valley.

In a series of tweets yesterday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokes-man Zhao Lijian accused India of "violently" attacking "Chinese officers" on Monday.

"The Prime Minister said that no outsider was inside Indian territory in Ladakh", the Congress leader said.

"The need of the hour was for Chinese side to reassess its action and take corrective action", the Indian foreign ministry quoted Jaishankar has telling Wang.

"Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the LAC in all sectors of the India-China border areas, including in the Galwan Valley".

"The entire country is hurt and angry at the steps taken by China", he said, adding: "India wants peace and friendship, but upholding sovereignty is foremost".

An Indian government source says China has returned 10 soldiers captured during the deadly border clash earlier this week that killed or wounded at least dozens.

Funerals for the Indian soldiers, many attended by thousands of people, have become rallying points for calls to boycott China.

India has been building "roads, bridges and other facilities" at the LAC in Galwan Valley since April, Mr Zhao said.

He said: "It is now clear that China has committed an unforgivable war crime".

Both countries blamed each other for this week's aggression, and they are now holding talks to defuse the situation on the ground.

Major generals from the two armies held new talks Friday in a bid to calm the military face-off in the remote valley and at other spots. Beijing, meanwhile, admitted that there were casualties on both sides but stopped short of releasing specific numbers.

"The Chinese have used bayonets, nail studded iron rods, wooden clubs wrapped with barbed wire to mount a surprise attack on our unarmed soldiers".

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