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India-China border tension | Why the Indian and Chinese troops are fighting in a remote Himalayan valley

Read on to know the sequence of events that led to the worst violent confrontation in recent times between India and China at the disputed border site in Ladakh's Galwan Valley

June 17, 2020 / 08:35 PM IST

India and China engaged in their biggest military confrontation in decades at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15-16. The hand-to-hand fighting at the disputed border site led to 20 Indian soldiers losing their lives. Four more Indian soldiers are in critical condition, reports suggest.

While China did not give details of those killed or wounded, a US news report suggested 35 Chinese troops had died. According to the report, the incident took place during a meeting in the mountainous region between the two sides -- after both had agreed to disarm -- to determine how the two militaries would safely withdraw their presences from the region.

The Indian army and India's foreign ministry have said both sides suffered casualties after their troops clashed, even as the two countries were trying to resolve a weeks-long border standoff.