New Delhi: A day after the Indian Army confirmed 20 casualties in the massive stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control, reports claimed the condition of four Indian soldiers was critical. According to an ANI report, commanding officer of the Chinese Unit involved in the face-off with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley was among those killed. Also Read - Amid Ladakh Standoff, India Raises 'Strong Concerns' Against Pak Forces Trying to Infiltrate Border
“We are closely monitoring the situation between India and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control. Both India and China have expressed a desire to de-escalate, and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation,” a State Department spokesperson said.
“We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died and we offer our condolences to their families. During their phone call on June 2, 2020, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi discussed the situation on the India-China border,” the spokesperson said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked for the accountability for the deaths of the Indian soldiers. “How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?” he tweeted.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds meeting with 3 Service Chiefs (Army, Navy & Air Force) and the Chief of Defence Staff. He also spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on the current situation, ANI reported.