According to the conclusions made in the new reports submitted to the Congress by the US commission categorically specified that the Galwan valley violence due to clash between Chinese and Indian troops were pre-planned which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and unspecified chinese casualties.
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in its report called that eight month long India-China stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), border disputes and transgressions as the “most severe border crisis in decades” as per reports submitted on December 1.
The Report also called the clash between People’s Liberation Party (PLA) and Indian Troops as “massive physical brawl in the Galwan Valley” on June 15. Reports said, “Some evidence suggested the Chinese government had planned the incident, potentially including the possibility for fatalities. For instance, several weeks prior to the clash, Defense Minister Wei [Fenghe] made his statement encouraging Beijing to ‘use fighting to promote stability’.”
The Report added, “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 further noted that 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 US-China rivalry’.”
Talking about the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by the US Congress to monitor and submit an annual report on national security implications of trade and economic collaborations between Washington DC and Beijing, founded in 2000.
The excerpts of the latest report presented by the commission focuses on the China’s assertive policies against Hong Kong and Taiwan, strategies against Africa and eight months long stand-off with India including transgressions. Report made it clear that Galwan valley’s first fatalities and casualties were found for the first time since 1975. Due to which the tranquility and peace in the relationship of the two countries had shaken up especially alongside LAC.
The Report added, “If China’s goal from its actions was “to acquire territory…[the Chinese government] might deem the moves a success”, the report said. “If Beijing intended to dissuade India from building infrastructure on its side of the LAC or warn it against aligning with the United States, however, ‘then the Chinese moves have been ineffective, if not counterproductive’.”
The report discussed about the draconian national security law imposed in Hong Kong this year and said, “This action was one of many in 2020 – including border skirmishes with India, military exercises to intimidate Taiwan, and pressure on Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, among others – that demonstrated the Chinese government’s indifference to its reputation abroad.”
The Report added furthermore, “The exact motivations behind the Chinese government’s provocative behaviour on the LAC this year remain unclear. The proximate cause of the clash appeared to be India’s construction of a strategic access road to support troops stationed along the LAC. China has also built extensive infrastructure along the LAC in recent years.”
(Source: The Hindustan Times)