UN, Trump Administration urges India & China for resolution of LAC problem through dialogue

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AS media reports suggest that both India and China have suffered heavy casualties at LAC in Ladakh, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the violent face-off and urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint.  Meanwhile, the United States has said that it is closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control. The State Department spokesperson said the US was hoping for a peaceful resolution also offered the condolences to the bereaved families of the martyred soldiers.US media citing intelligence sources say Chinese side suffered 35 casualties including their Commanding Officer of PLA. ANI reported that Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in a face-off in the Galwan valley. Indian Army has said that it is firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. In a statement, the Army said, Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on Monday night. Seventeen Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high-altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries. Earlier, during the de-escalation process, one officer and two soldiers were martyred, taking the total that was killed in action to 20. The office has been Colonel B Santosh Babu,37, Commanding Officer of the 16th battalion of Bihar Regiment, from Andhra Pradesh. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. Raksha Manti  Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff  Bipin Rawat, the high commands of the tri defence services and  NSA  Ajit Kumar Doval continued high-level discussions at New Delhi keeping in view the oft-repeated  India’s stand to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty as reports say China is playing the victim card. (edited by PK Chakravarty)

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