China’s reluctance to make public the number of troops it lost on 15 June in Galwan Valley displayed its soft underbelly at the LAC, said Amsterdam-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies in its report.
The report further said that the response of the Chinese government to the LAC clash was also conspicuously low-key, unlike incidents in its other military theatres such as the Taiwan Strait.
India aptly made it clear that it had little appetite for violent clashes and will not stand down to Chinese intimidation. It became clearer when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address on 17 June said that India would give a befitting reply to any provocation.
A future characterized by deepened distrust
The violent clash between Chinese and Indian Army personnel at the Galwan area along the LAC led to the tragic loss of lives on both sides thereby impacting the “future trajectory of the broader India-China relationship and diluted the arduously worked out rules of engagement along the border.”
The report also points out that flared emotions meant that the potential for rapid escalation is rife as the two nuclear-armed nations are staring at a future characterized by deepened distrust.