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NEW DELHI: India and China got here near a full-fledged battle in the course of the jostling between rival troopers for Ladakh’s Kailash vary heights in direction of 2020 end-August, stated Northern Command chief Lt General Y Ok Joshi Wednesday.
“We were on the edge, absolutely on the brink… war was actually averted”, he stated. Joshi, chatting with some journalists in Leh, additionally stated the variety of PLA troopers killed in the course of the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 may very well be as excessive as 45.
India misplaced 20 troopers in the course of the Galwan Valley clashes, whereas China has up to now refused to reveal the variety of casualties in its ranks. Lt Gen Joshi, chatting with CNN-News 18, stated whereas India has not ceded any territory to China, the latter has “achieved nothing except a loss of face”.
He stated there have been conditions after Indian troops shocked the PLA by occupying the Kailash vary heights to the south of Pangong Tso on August 29-30, and even moved up tanks there, which “could have blown up into an armed conflict”.
With the PLA additionally transferring its tanks up the heights and Indian troops sitting on the highest with tanks and rocket launchers, the “easiest thing would have been to pull the trigger after seeing them in the cross-hairs of the telescopic sights” however utmost restraint was maintained, he stated.
“Those were very tense and challenging moments for us,” he stated, at the same time as troop disengagement within the Pangong Tso space is now underneath approach. As for the Galwan clashes, Lt Gen Joshi stated Indian statement posts had “picked up numerous PLA casualties that had been being taken again on stretchers.
More than 60, really. But whether or not they had been deadly or non-fatal, we are able to’t say with authority”.


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