Initial reports on the number of soldiers who were killed in a border battle this week between India and socialist China suggested that several soldiers were killed. However, as more information becomes available it seems as though dozens of soldiers may have been killed on both sides.
The New York Times was one of the first media outlets reporting under the skirmish and said that three Indian soldiers were killed. Reuters reported that, are consistent with an Indian Army official, there were casualties on both sides.
U.S. News& World Report later reported that Indian government officials had told a neighbourhood publication that 20 Indian soldiers had died in the fighting and that somewhere between 35 and 43 Chinese soldiers were also killed
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American intelligence believes 35 Chinese troops died, including one senior officer, a source familiar with that rating tells U.S. News. The occurrence took place on a meet in the mountainous region between the two sides- both of which had agreed to disarm- to determine how the two militaries would safely withdraw their presences from the region.
According to the U.S. rating, the Chinese government considers the casualties among their troops as a humiliation for its armed forces and has not substantiated the numbers for anxiety of emboldening other adversaries, the source says.
The sources who spoke with the Times said 43 Chinese troops died in the fighting.
The fighting was the deadliest clash that the two nuclear powers, which are the world’s most populated commonwealths, have had in decades.
” For the past several weeks, after a series of brawls along their disputed borderline, China and India have been building up their powers in the remote Galwan Valley, high up in the Himalayas ,” The Times said in a separate report.” As they dug into resisting outlooks, adding tinder to a long-smoldering conflict, China took an specially muscular posture, sending in artillery, armored personnel carrier, dump trucks and excavators. On Monday night, a huge fight broke out between Chinese and Indian troops in roughly the same barren area where these two nations, the world’s most populous, had contended a struggle in 1962.”
Jeff Smith, South Asia expert at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said, “This is going to strengthen India’s resolve to treat the U.S. as a partner and strengthen cooperation with the other Quad partners to better insulate itself against Chinese aggression. I would expect some sort of condemnation of Chinese aggressivenes from the administration.”
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