, in charge of China’s western theatre command, approved the assault on Indian troops at
on June 15, according to a report in the US News.
The US intelligence assessment does not see the incident as a spontaneous clash and sees the Ladakh intrusions and Galwan being driven by a desire to signal that China isn’t vulnerable to “opportunistic” pressure tactics by India in the post-Covid situation. The US News previously reported the PLA had sustained significant casualties in the Galwan clash. If China’s idea was to remind India of its frailty, the gambit may have backfired, with a strong backlash building up against China in India