India blames China for deadly Himalayan clashes


India’s foreign minister has blamed China for last year’s deadly skirmishes along their Himalayan border and warned of greater economic consequences unless peace was restored.

Almost a year later, tensions remain high along the disputed boundary in the inhospitable Ladakh region, where at least 21 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers were killed.

Both countries still have tens of thousands of troops, and significant amounts of military hardware, deployed. Military officials have held 11 rounds of talks on troop withdrawals but progress has been slow.

Speaking at a Financial Times-Indian Express event on “India, China and the US: A New Geopolitical landscape?”, S Jaishankar said the Sino-Indian relationship was at a turning point. He added bilateral ties would continue to suffer until calm was restored on the border, which he described as the foundation of trade and economic links.

“The relationship is at a crossroads and…

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