Guwahati: Addressing the nation on television, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the sacrifice of soldiers killed in Ladakh by China’s army “will not go in vain”.
“For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country are the most important. India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated,” he said.
The PM concluded his address by observing a two-minute silence and folding his hands in order to pay his tributes to the dead soldiers too.
Modi has also called for a virtual meeting on June 19 with the opposition parties to discuss the tension with China.
Meanwhile, the foreign minister of China has held a telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart on Wednesday over the deadly border clash. Both agreed to “cool down” the tensions.
Both sides agreed to deal fairly with the events in the Galwan Valley and maintain peace in border areas, China’s foreign ministry said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly advocated a diplomatic solution to the conflict at the Himalayan border in his phone call with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Wang said that suspicion and friction on both sides were the way of evil and counter the fundamental wishes of both countries’ people, said a statement by China’s foreign ministry.
From the Indian side Jaishankar also expressed India’s desire to peacefully resolve the border conflict and relieve regional tensions through dialogue, the statement added.
The tension between the two Asian nuclear giants has also forced the Virginie Battu-Henriksson, the European Union spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, to ask both the countries to de-escalate the tension.
Calling the development worrying, she said, “This is crucial for building trust and reaching a peaceful solution which is essential to preserving peace and stability in the region.”
While the Indian side blamed China of violating the unilateral status quo on the Galwan Valley frontier in Indian-administered Ladakh; Beijing, in turn, accused the Indian army of provoking and attacking Chinese personnel first.
A video conference slated on June 23 between the foreign ministers of Russia, China and India has been postponed indefinitely.
In Assam also, members of Oikkyo Sena Asom, Sivasagar, torched the national flag of China in protests of the violence against Indian soldiers