External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Friday that the presence of the Chinese army with weapons at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh poses a ‘serious strategic challenge’ to India.
In a virtual meeting organized by the Asia Society, Jaishankar said that the violent conflict in Ladakh has left India’s bilateral relationship with China “profoundly disturbed”.
India has built good relations with China in the last thirty years: Jaishankar
The Foreign Minister said, ‘There are today a very large number of troops (of PLA) with weapons concentrated on that segment of the border. That is obviously a very critical security challenge that we face.
India has built good relations with China in the last thirty years and the basis of these relationships has been peace and stability along the border. Since 1993, there have been many agreements between the two countries.’
At the event of the Asia Society Policy Institute, Jaishankar was in conversation with the President of the Institute and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Jaishankar said that with the help of these agreements, the structure of peace was prepared. The military presence in the border areas was reduced, the behavior of the forces on the border was decided. The way China has mobilized its troops on the border is completely against the spirit of these agreements.
It was the first military confrontation after 1975: Jaishankar
He further said, ‘What happen this year of course was a very sharp departure. Now it’s not just a sharp departure from the conversation. It’s a sharp departure over a course of relationship over 30 years.’
Jaishankar said that the seriousness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that it was the first military confrontation after 1975. When asked why exactly China does this at the border. Jaishankar said, “I haven’t frankly got any reasonable explanation that I can tell myself from them on this matter.”
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