India vs China: US report claims Beijing 'PLANNED' deadly Galwan Valley clash

CHINA allegedly "planned" the deadly Galwan Valley skirmish between Chinese and Indian forces in June this year, according to a US panel.

PUBLISHED: 02:26, Thu, Dec 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:26, Thu, Dec 3, 2020

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An annual report from the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) sent to Congress claimed Beijing had organised the Galwan Valley clash, near the border town of Ladakh. Indian and Chinese forces engaged in hand-to-hand combat along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Himalayan region, leaving 20 Indian’s and unconfirmed numbers of Chinese forces killed. The border brawl has led to high tensions between the two Asian powers, with both countries carrying out military drills near the border and in contested waters.

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India and China’s clash in the Galwan Valley was the “most severe border crisis in decades”, according to the USCC’s report to Congress.

The USCC said Beijing had “planned” the skirmish, and considered the “possibility for fatalities” ahead of the incident.

The report added: “For instance, several weeks prior to the clash Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made his statement encouraging Beijing to ‘use fighting to promote stability’.

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“Just over two weeks before the incident, in another potential indication of Chinese leaders signalling their intent to escalate tensions, an editorial in China’s state-owned tabloid Global Times warned that India would suffer a “devastating blow” to its trade and economic ties with China if it got “involved in the U.S.-China rivalry.”

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India news: XI JINPING AND AN INDIAN SOLDIERIndia news: A US report has claimed Beijing 'planned' the Galwan Valley clash in June (Image: PA)

India news: The front page of the USCC reportIndia news: The USCC submitted a report on China's annual actions, including the Galwan Valley clash (Image: USCC)

The USCC also claimed “satellite images depicted a large Chinese buildup in the Galwan Valley, including potentially 1,000 PLA soldiers, the week before the deadly skirmish”.

The report also discussed the “motivations” for Beijing’s “provocative behaviour on the LAC”.

The USCC claimed China targeted the Galwan Valley as Indian was building a strategic access road along the LAC, which Beijing has also carried out.

Following the skirmish, Beijing has claimed sovereignty of the entire Galwan Valley and has upped its deployment of troops.

India news: Indian Soldiers in eastern LadakhIndia news: The report referred to PLA soldiers stationed on the LAC months

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