3-4 Chinese troops killed in face-off with Indian Army in Ladakh: Sources

3-4 Chinese troops killed in face-off with Indian Army in Ladakh: Sources

At least three-four Chinese soldiers were also killed in the violent face-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh on Monday night. 

In its official statement, the Indian Army too had said both sides suffered casualties in the violent face-off.

A Colonel-rank officer and two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh. According to the Army, the face-off took place during a de-escalation process.

"During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday (Monday) night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in its official statement.

Meanwhile, China has officially confirmed the face-off but accused India of crossing the border.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Indian troops "crossed the border line twice...provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides."

He did not mention anything about the casualties suffered by China.

However, contrary to this, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief on the English edition of Global Times, a mouthpiece of the Chinese government, in a tweet said the Chinese side also suffered casualties.

"Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash. I want to tell the Indian side, don't be arrogant and misread China's restraint as being weak. China doesn't want to have a clash with India, but we don't fear it," Hu Xijin said in a tweet.