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China calls on India to investigate recent border clashes and punish those responsible

KUWAIT, June 17 (KUNA) — The People’s Republic of China called Wednesday on India to “restrain its military to prevent any provocative” actions in the region and to investigate the last Monday’s military border clash.

Indian policemen guard outside Chinese consulate anticipating protests in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Indian security forces said neither side fired any shots in the clash in the Ladakh region late Monday that was the first deadly confrontation on the disputed border between India and China since 1975. China said Wednesday that it is seeking a peaceful resolution to its Himalayan border dispute with India following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the most violent confrontation in decades.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

In a phone call with his Indian counterpart, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged India to investigate the last Monday’s military clash in the Ladakh area of disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

“China urged India to investigate the clash incident in the border region on Monday, punish those responsible, and restrain its military forces in the region to prevent any provocative actions,” Wang made the remarks to local media.

Chinese paramilitary policemen stand guard outside the Indian embassy in Beijing Wednesday, June 17, 2020. India’s government has been silent about the potential fallout from clashes with China’s army in a disputed Himalayan border area that the Indian army said claimed 20 soldiers’ lives. Security officials said neither side fired any shots and the injuries were inflicted by fists and rocks. China accused Indian forces of carrying out “provocative attacks” on its troops and did not disclose if any of its soldiers died. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

India confirmed Tuesday that at least 20 of its troops, including an officer, were killed in the eastern Ladakh area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) de facto border of India and China in the disputed region.
It is first high-profile civilian contact between the two countries ever since tensions erupted in Ladakh area in early May.

Press Trust of India, quoting Wang during the phone call, reported: “India and China should follow important consensus reached by their leaders.”
But according to the Chinese state media, Wang added: “India must make sure similar incidents as that on Monday do not happen again. India must also not miscalculate the current situation, and not underestimate China’s determination to safeguard its sovereignty and territory.”

Border skirmishes between China and India began on May 5 in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, followed by another in the Nakula pass in India’s northeastern Sikkim province three days later.
It was the first time since 1975 that China and India had engaged in a fatal military clash along their mutual border.

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