BEIJING: China on Thursday said India must not misjudge the current situation, or underestimate Beijing’s firm will to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.
In a telephonic conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi demanded that India should carry out a thorough investigation into the incident and severely punish those who should be held accountable.
He further demanded that India should strictly discipline its frontline troops and immediately stop all provocative actions to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
During the conversation, the Indian Minister for External Affairs briefed the Chinese foreign minister on the New Delhi’s stance on the issue.
Indian army has acknowledged that its twenty soldiers were killed in clashes with Chinese troops at the disputed border site in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday night.
Indian army initially said three of its soldiers have been killed. An Indian government source said the troops fought with iron rods and stones but no shots were fired.
Beijing, while holding India responsible for the clash, said the Indian soldiers had crossed the border into Chinese side.
Chinese military has demanded India to stop all provocations and return to dialogue.