“We are closely monitoring,” says US on India-China border row

After India and China had a violent clash in Eastern Ladakh, the US said that it is “closely monitoring” the situation and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully.

“We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control,” the State Department spokesperson said on Monday.

On the Indian side, 20 soldiers were martyred including a Colonel in the clash.

“We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died, and we offer our condolences to their families,” the official said.

According to a report in the US News, at least 35 Chinese troops including one senior official died in the violent clash with Indian soldiers.

“According to the US (intelligence)” assessment, the Chinese government considers the casualties among their troops as a humiliation for its armed forces and has not confirmed the numbers for fear of emboldening other adversaries,” the report said on Monday.