Indian PM Modi responds to deadly border clash with Chinese soldiers

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Published on June 17, 2020 by

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country wanted peace with China, but would respond to any provocation, following the death of 20 Indian soldiers during a clash with Chinese troops on the disputed Himalayan border.

He paid tribute to the troops killed in the violent confrontation, saying “their sacrifice won’t go to waste.”

According to the Indian government sources, the fighting on Monday night broke out during a meeting to discuss ways to de-escalate tensions, and the colonel commanding the Indian side was one of the first to be struck and killed.

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the clash erupted after Indian soldiers “crossed the line, acted illegally, provoked and attacked the Chinese, resulting in both sides engaging in serious physical conflict and injury and death.”

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