China demands India punish those behind deadly clashes

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister is demanding that India punish those behind recent deadly border clashes between their forces and is warning New Delhi not to underestimate China’s determination to safeguard what it considers its sovereign territory. Wang Yi’s comments came in a telephone call with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Wednesday night that came two days after soldiers from the sides engaged in fighting along their disputed border high in the Himalayan Mountains. Twenty Indian troops were reportedly killed and China suffered an unknown number of casualties. Wang said China demanded India conduct a thorough investigation and “harshly punish” those responsible.