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The violent attack by China on Indian soldiers was a pre-planned strategy, but India will not allow the Chinese armed forces to crossover even an inch over the Line of Actual Control, Union minister of state for defence Shripad Naik said.

The minister said this while speaking to reporters at Panaji on Friday.

At least 20 Indian soldiers were brutally killed by Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday night.

“Today, China’s aggression on India is without reason. The attack on six-seven posts is pre-planned on part of China and we are confident that India will give a befitting reply to this,” Naik told reporters.

“I offer my condolences to the colonel and other soldiers who were martyred. The whole country is proud of their sacrifice for the motherland. Their sacrifice will not be wasted,” he said.

Naik said there has been an ongoing discussion on an official level for several days regarding the tension which is prevalent on the India-China border.

“Things had settled along five to six places (along the border). In some places, soldiers on both sides had withdrawn by 2.5 kms. But what happened in Leh recently was a very unfortunate occurrence, after China crossed the border. The matter started from there,” Naik said.

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