India will ‘never compromise’ on its strategic interests, minister says


India will not compromise on its strategic interest, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday, even as New Delhi and Beijing seek to defuse tensions after last month’s border clash in the Himalayas.

A “violent face-off” in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh left 20 Indian soldiers dead. While India said both sides suffered casualties after troops reportedly fought with improvised weapons — firearms are limited in the border areas under a previous agreement. China did not disclose if any of its soldiers died in the clash.

It was the first time in more than 40 years that a border stand-off between the two nuclear powers resulted in casualties.

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