NEW DELHI/BEIJING — A tense military standoff between India and China over a disputed border in the western Himalayas took a dangerous turn this week when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would defend every inch of its territory. “I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our soldiers will not go in vain,” Modi said. “India wants peace, but is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated.”
In a phone call Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar blamed China for