Indian state puts three Chinese investment proposals on hold after deadly border clash

MUMBAI (Reuters) - An Indian state has put on hold three initial investment proposals from Chinese companies worth 50 billion rupees ($658 million), a state minister said on Monday, after a deadly border clash between the two nuclear-armed nations last week.

The decision by the state government of Maharashtra, home to India's financial capital of Mumbai, days after it signed the investment agreements with the three Chinese companies, including Great Wall Motor Co 601633.SS.

“In the current environment we will wait for the federal government to announce a clear policy regarding these projects,” Maharashtra’s industries minister, Subhash Desai said in a statement, adding that the agreements, however, are not being cancelled.

India said last Tuesday 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site, in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff between the two Asian giants in the western Himalayas.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai and Aditi Shah in New Delhi, editing by Louise Heavens