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India-China relationship “profoundly disturbed”: Jaishankar

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Armed Chinese troops in large numbers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) poses a very critical security challenge to India, said Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar at a virtual event hosted by the Asia Society.

The external affairs minister added that the violent clashes at the de-facto border in the eastern Ladakh sector in June had a very deep public and political impact and left the relationship between India and China “profoundly disturbed”.

He said, “There are today a very large number of troops (Chinese) with weapons concentrated on that segment of the border and that is obviously a very critical security challenge that we face.”

Tension between India-China escalated on June 15

Tensions had escalated manifold between India and China after the Galwan Valley clashes in eastern Ladakh on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also suffered an unspecified number of casualties.

Jaishankar said India has built a relationship with China over the course of the last 30 years “and a basis for building that relationship has been peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control.”

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He said there are multiple agreements, starting from 1993, which created the framework for that peace and tranquillity, which limited the military forces that came to the border areas, how to manage the border, how border troops behave when they approach each other.

China violated peace agreements

“So, from the conceptual level down to the behavioural level, there was an entire sort of framework out there. Now, what we saw this year was a departure from this entire series of agreements. The massing of a large amount of Chinese forces on the border was clearly contrary to all of this.

“And when you had friction points which have a large number of troops at different points very close to each other, then something tragic like what happened on 15th of June happened,” he said.

“To underline the enormity of that, it was the first military casualty we had after 1975. So what it has done is, it has obviously had a very deep public impact, very major political impact and it has left the relationship profoundly disturbed.”

In response to a question on what did the Chinese actually do on the border and why they did it, Jaishankar said: “I haven’t frankly got any reasonable explanation that I can tell myself from them on this matter.”

 

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