Indo-China border clash and deaths concerns US, may lead to poor relation
New Delhi : Death of soldiers at disputed India-China border has sent a shockwave, raising concerns in the international community, especially US which has asked the nuclear-powered neighbours to opt for "maximum restraint".
The United Nations and US government have expressed concern over the outbreak of violence between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the disputed Himalayan border which saw at least 20 people killed.
UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint”.
"We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control between India and China and urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint," his spokesman said. "We take positive note of reports that the two countries have engaged to de-escalate the situation."
The United States offered its condolences to the family of martyrs and claimed that they are monitoring the situation closely.
“Both India and China have expressed desire to de-escalate and we support a peaceful resolution of current situation,” the US State Department said.
While both the countries were working towards de-escalation, the recent clash and death of Army personnel have added bitterness and may lead to war like situation.
Chinese state media has reported the PLA is conducting joint military exercises “aimed at the destruction of key hostile hubs in a high-elevation mountainous region”. The PLA Tibet Military Command conducted live fire drills with heavy artillery on Tuesday, with reports linking the PLA’s preparedness for high elevation combat to the clashes with India.