Indian PM Narendra Modi warns China after Ladakh clash, promises coronavirus vaccine for all citizens

Indian PM Narendra Modi warns China after Ladakh clash, promises coronavirus vaccine for all citizens

  • Modi did not mention China specifically during Independence Day ceremony but discussed India’s ‘supreme’ sovereignty and military capability
  • A border clash in the Himalayas on June 15 left 20 Indian soldiers dead and created a rift in the countries’ relationship

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a new warning to China over deadly border tensions on Saturday, using his most important speech of the year to promise to build a stronger military.Modi also told the Independent Day ceremony that India has three Covid-19 vaccines under trial and will ensure a vaccine reaches every citizen, while paying tribute to those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Attendance at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi for the speech was cut by more than half to 4,000 people, all of whom sat two metres apart because of the coronavirus pandemic.