Galwan incident was ‘planned’ by China Govt: Top US panel

Vastavam web: A top US congress mandated panel has said the Chinese government had “planned” the June Galwan incident even as Beijing ramped up a “coercion campaign” against its neighbors. The Galwan incident saw aggressive action by Chinese soldiers in Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers. The just-released annual report of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said, “Some evidence suggested the Chinese government had planned the incident, potentially including the possibility for fatalities”.

While the “exact motivations behind the Chinese government’s provocative behavior” on the Line of actual control (LAC) “this year remain unclear”, the report said, the “proximate cause” of the clash appeared to be India’s construction of a “strategic access road to support troops” stationed at the border areas. It highlighted how several weeks prior to the clash Chinese “Defense Minister Wei made his statement encouraging Beijing to use fighting to promote stability” and how an editorial in Chinese communist party mouthpiece Global Times warned that India would suffer a “devastating blow” to its trade and economic ties with China if it got “involved in the U.S.-China rivalry.”