Editorial: Galwan game

Once again, India has rejected China’s claim over Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India remained convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and resolution of differences through dialogue.

At the same time, he asserted that the country is committed to ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Speaking to the media at a virtual briefing, he said the Line of Actual Control (LAC) must be strictly respected and observed as it is the basis for peace and tranquillity in border areas.

According to Srivastava, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval categorically conveyed to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday India’s position on the recent developments along the LAC including in the Galwan valley area.

“The NSA emphasised in this context that the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management and at the same time, our forces were deeply committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and security,” Srivastava said.

He reiterated that the recent Chinese claims to the Galwan Valley area are exaggerated and untenable and that the LAC must be strictly respected and observed as it the basis for peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

“We remain convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue, at the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Srivastava said.

He added that the diplomatic and military officials of both sides will continue their meetings to take forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation as agreed to by the special representatives. “The next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) is expected to take place soon,” he stated.

Galwan Valley was the site of a violent clash between Indian and Chinese armies on 15 June in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details.

According to an American intelligence report, the number of casualties on the Chinese side was 35. India has already rejected China’s claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley. India has every right to do so.

 

NT Bureau