35 deaths on Chinese side in Ladakh clash, suggests US report
New Delhi : The United States had claimed that they are closely monitoring the situation on India-China border after Ladakh clash where soldiers from both sides were martyred. According to US media reports, the Chinese side has sustained more casualties, around 35 in the clash.
US News, the media publication, went on to suggest that the Chinese are taking the deaths as a humiliation and might be reluctant, therefore, to announce or confirm them for fear of emboldening other adversaries.
As mentioned in the report, US intelligence assessed that it was a tense border meeting between military personnel of the two sides to de-escalate tensions that turned violent. It also mentioned that the deaths were caused with batons, knives or from falling off a steep cliff.
Hours after reports of escalating tensions between India and China were registered, a US spokesperson had said: “We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control. We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died, and we offer our condolences to their families. Both India and China have expressed a desire to de-escalate, and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation.”
Recently, the US had offered to mediate between India and China to resolve the border dispute, to which both the nations had rejected its help by saying that both the nations are capable enough to solve the matter by diplomacy.