The Secretary of State made these comments during a town hall hosted by CNN-News18.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs made these remarks during a town hall organized by CNN News18†
India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or change the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, claiming that the country had been forced through a massive logistical effort. the Chinese had resisted at the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
Talking about the border line in eastern Ladakh, Jaishankar said that in violation of the 1993 and 1996 agreements not to place massive troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China chose to do so, adding admitted that his attempt was clear to unilaterally the LAK.
“Even though we were in the midst of COVID-19 at the time, through a huge logistical effort, which I think sometimes hasn’t been recognized enough by people, by analysts, even in our politics in this country, we actually succeeded. to go against them at the LAC,” said Mr. Aishankar at a town hall organized by CNN News18†
He elaborated on the line, saying that some people have a simplistic idea of the border and that they usually don’t deploy at the patrol point and that troops are in low zones.
“What happened as a result of this is because they (China) had forward implementations that were new and we have countered, we also had forward implementations. You ended up with a very kind of convoluted mix… which was very dangerous because they were too close.” were together, the rules of engagement were not followed and then exactly what we held up in Galwan two years ago happened. It got violent and there were casualties,” said Jaishankar.
“Since then, we’ve had a situation where we negotiate the friction points. If you say you’ve got results, a lot of those friction points are resolved,” he said.
“There are areas where they withdrew, we withdrew. Remember, we are both way beyond our pre-April positions. Is it all done? No. Have we made any substantial solutions? Actually, yes,” Jaishankar said.
“It’s hard work. It’s very patient work, but we are very clear on one point, which is that we will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or the LAC,” he said.
“I don’t care how long it takes, how many rounds we do, how hard we have to negotiate – this is something we are very clear about,” said Jaishankar.
He also said talks with China have not yet ended.
Ties should be based on mutual respect
During the dialogue in Delhi on Thursday, Mr Jaishankar had argued that the development of ties between India and China should be based on mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests. He had also said that the state of the border will be reflected in the state of the Sino-Indian relationship.
The comments came amid a standoff between India and China that began in early May 2020. As a result of military talks, the two sides completed the withdrawal process on the north and south shores of Lake Pangong and in the Gogra area last year.
India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility along the LAC are key to the overall development of bilateral ties.
In his comments to the town hall, Mr. Jaishankar also said that India’s history with the United States is a difficult one.
“Many of our problems with Pakistan are directly attributable to the support the United States has given to Pakistan,” he added.
But today there is a US capable of taking a long look, which can actually say, “India has a different history with Russia and we have to take that into account,” the foreign minister said.
“Part of the reason Quad has worked is that the four of us have given each other that degree of leeway and understanding,” said Mr. jaishankar.
India’s history with Russia is different from Russia’s history with the US, Japan or Australia, and everyone in the Quad doesn’t have the same point of view on everything, he said.
“Had that been the case, we would have expected that everyone would have the same stance on Pakistan as ours,” said Mr aishankar.