In the 40 years of the border dispute between China and India, this is the first time such brutality has taken place. 20 Indian soldiers were killed and some are believed to be taken hostile as said by Indian officials on Tuesday. This raged up the tensions between two nuclear holder countries who have been competing on the economic and territorial front for a while now.
Since the last week of May, there has been a dispute going on between the two countries in the remote Galwan valley. Both countries are blaming each other for the violence occurred. Both the countries run patrol there but China established permanent tents and attempted to halt India’ movement. China also had an issue with the road which India was constructing to upgrade the transportation to army bases, however, china claimed that the construction was being done illegally as the road was under China’s territory, contradictory to what Indian officials quoted. This acted as a factor of provocation for the Chinese. Whilst India claimed that China had been sending army vehicles and personnel, which is a move to occupy Indian territory. And there have been incursions and manoeuvres at multiple points of the “Line of actual control” by the Chinese. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that ‘“This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements, especially the key 1993 Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas.” [ the Indian Express}
The surprising part is that no gunshots were fired, neither any army equipment was put to use but fists, rocks, and wooden clubs with nails or barbed in the wire were used to attack due to the “De facto border code’ which discourages the use of guns and explosive.
Earlier the death of Indian soldiers counted for 3 but later on 16th June 2020, a military spokesman revealed that there were 20 causalities. High-level Indian government sources stated that 40 Chinese soldiers were killed but no comment has been provided by the Chinese government.
According to the media sources, the trigger of the fight was the unethical murder of colonel of India by Chinese troops. The chief commanding officer of the Bihar regime approached the army for a peaceful negotiation but was stabbed by a knife, this enraged the suppressed anger of Indian soldiers and led to the brawl.
Another war of ‘boycotting the Chinese’ goods and services is being led by civilians. Several traders gathered and made a bonfire of the Chinese goods. The public came out in huge number and portrayed their anger for China’s misconduct by destroying the goods and shouting slogans. Not only that, in the past few days apps like Tiktok, Zoom and other Chinese apps/software has seen a great deal of fall in the usage, download and rating. Government of India insisted on uninstalling the Chinese applications.
India would now be focusing on “AATM NIRBHAR BHARAT”, a movement which would encourage “MADE IN INDIA” and self-sufficiency. The aim is to reduce the import from China and harm them economically too. A majority part of raw material for pharmaceutical and other sectors is imported from China. China is India’s second-biggest trading partner. Bilateral trade worth $87 billion in the fiscal year ending March 2019 and a trade deficit of $3.57 billion in China’s favor, the widest India has with any country. (The NEW YORK TIMES)
Maharashtra government had also put a hold on three investment proposal from Chinese companies worth 50 billion rupees on hold.
Chinese officials have made absurd and warning like comments for India, in returns the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi has said “For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important thing. India wants peace, but when provoked, it is capable of giving a fitting reply, be it any kind of situation”
The whole world is looking towards the situation and everyone is hoping if a solution could be provided without any war amongst this deadly pandemic.