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CHINA CONTINUES TO CLAIM GALWAN VALLEY

  • China’s New Claim
  • Foreign ministry of Chinese government on June 19 said it claimed the entire Galwan valley (the site of the June 15 clash on the border),
  • Including the areas that are currently on India’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • The Foreign Ministry of China accused India of ‘unilaterally’ building roads, bridges and other facilities in the Galwan Valley region.
  • From Galwan Valley to Entire Galwan Valley
  • Statement issued by Chinese foreign ministry on Friday claim that entire Galwan valley up to the confluence point of River Shyok and River Galwan falls into Chinese territory.
  • This newly claimed area include the point where both armies clashed on 15th June and also the area where India has completed the construction of a bridge over Galwan river.
  • China’s Nervousness with DSDBO Road
  • China’s new claims are triggered by last year’s opening of the vital Darbuk-Shyok-Daulet Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road,
  • It runs parallel to the LAC providing key all- weather access to the post at Daulet Beg Oldie, one of the northernmost points in Ladakh.
  • China may also be seeking access to areas closer to the confluence, from where it could neutralise the strategically important DSDBO road.
  • India’s Reply
  • Foreign Minister S Jaishankar replied that the Chinese side’s “pre-meditated and planned action” was behind the violence and casualties.
  • Jaishankar also added that the “Chinese side sought to erect a structure in Galwan Valley on our side of the LAC” and set up the clash.
  • Ambiguous Statements by Indian Government
  • In all party meeting on Friday ,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said neither is anyone inside the Indian territory nor any of our border posts captured, and that India will not cede an inch of Indian land.
  • Clarification from PMO
  • PMO in its clarification on controversy issued a statement and said
  • "Prime Minister's observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces".

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