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First deadly India-China clash in 45 years: Five things to know

Modi warns Beijing of 'befitting reply' in Himalayas

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, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country 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."

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