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Indian soldiers killed in clash with Chinese troops

China and India have often clashed on the Ladakh region's frontier.— Reuters pic

However, there is no official word on it.

A ministry spokesman in Beijing told Reuters there was a serious violation of the consensus reached by the two countries when Indian troops provoked and attacked Chinese personnel, leading to a serious physical conflict.

"China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its front-line troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation", the paper quoted spokesman Zhao Lijian as saying.

Paying tributes to the soldiers who had lost their lives in the Galwan Valley violence, Singh said the whole nation today stands with the Indian Army in their hour of grief. India insists it has always held the Galwan Valley region where the clashes took place.

India says at least three of its soldiers have died in a "violent" clash with Chinese troops at a section along their unmarked border high in the Himalayas, in the first fatalities resulting from skirmishes in the region in four decades. "Both armies should withdraw from the fight", he added. And in recent days, army generals from India and China have been involved in talks aimed at resolving the border row.

In their first serious efforts to end the row, Lt General Harinder Singh, the general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, and Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin held a almost seven-hour meeting on June 6.

On Monday, Brigade Commander and company level talks happened in Eastern Ladakh between India and China. The unofficial line that demarcates Indian-held and Chinese-held disputed territory is known as the Line of Actual Control.

On Saturday, Gen Naravane said both sides are "disengaging" in a phased manner. Also, the clashes were hand-to-hand combat and no firing had taken place. "It has been fruitful dialogue we had and it will continue and by and by the situation will improve as we go on", he had said.

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Chinese military spokesperson colonel Zhang Shuili on Tuesday claimed "China always owns sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region".

Pazhani served in the Indian Army for 22 years, based on reports.

India is trying to construct a feeder road emanating from Darbuk-Shyok Village - Daulat Beg Oldi road (DS-DBO road). Responding to the shocking incident, AK Antony pointed out that India must suspect whether the attack from Chinese troops was a part of a hidden agenda.

Reportedly, the violent face-off continued for some hours when the Chinese side tried invasion and evoked resistance from India.