Indian Prime Minister said in his first speech following the border clashes in China-India borders that India wants peace but it is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated.

Iran PressAsia: In his first address following the clashes, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that New Delhi has tried to make sure "differences should not become a dispute" but no compromise will be made on the "sovereignty of the country".

"For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country are the most important...India wants peace but it is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated", the prime minister stated.

The statement comes hours after the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the situation on the border remains stable and under control following the recent clash with India. 

"Both sides have been maintaining close communications through diplomatic and military channels. The overall border situation is stable and controllable," Zhao said during a press briefing.

The Ministry also noted that China isn't the one to blame for the recent skirmish.

?Yesterday, the Indian Army stated that 20 of its soldiers had died following clashes with the Chinese military in the Ladakh region on Monday night.

Beijing reacted to the fresh escalation by accusing the Indian military of crossing the border at the Galwan Valley and provoking clashes with Chinese forces. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest and made representations to New Delhi.

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a disputed Himalayan border area, Indian officials say. The incident follows rising tensions and is the first deadly clash in the border area in at least 45 years.

Since the two neighbors do not have a marked border but rather the Line of Actual Control, which was created after a 1962 war between the nations, numerous border conflicts have taken place over the decades.

Border tensions between India and China flared up in May, leaving dozens of soldiers injured on both sides.

On 6 June, Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, the commander of the Indian Army's 14th corps, met with Maj. Gen. Lin Liu of China's People's Liberation Army in the South Xinjiang Military Region, to discuss the situation.


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