India won’t accept any unilateral change in status quo: Jaishankar

India’s borders must be guarded, it will never accept an attempt to “unilaterally change the status quo”, and an attitude that “deviates from the established understanding” will provoke its own reactions, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday. . He addressed foreign diplomatic corps at a special event organized to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Modi government.

“We have overcome the hesitations of history and will not allow anyone to veto our choices,” he said. India has been in contact with China over the past two years over border disputes in eastern Ladakh.

On how self-reliance contributes to making India stronger, Jaishankar said globalization has in the past caused “lowered defense mechanisms”. “In the past, mantras of globalization lowered its defenses and discouraged building deeper forces. That realization is responsible for the devotion we now see to Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

Jaishankar said India shares the disappointment of the international community with the United Nations. “While our efforts will always remain supportive, we also share the international community’s disappointment at the UN’s declining effectiveness,” he said.

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Jaishankar also spoke of the triumph of diplomacy over terrorism as part of foreign policy achievement. “Diplmacy has helped address that challenge by delegitimizing it and denying it support and maintenance for terrorism,” he said.

He said India looks forward to joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group to overcome “political barriers” that run counter to global interest, seen as an indirect reference to China’s objection to New Delhi’s entry into the elite group. of nations.

Speaking of India’s attitude to neighbors, Jaishankar said India has a “generous, non-reciprocal approach to our immediate proximity.”

“Whether during Covid or the current economic challenges, India has gone the extra mile for its neighbors and will continue to do so,” he said.

He said India has also expressed a “sharp awareness” of its expanded neighborhoods. “It’s reflected in Act East’s policies…a commitment to the Gulf and an initiative in Central Asia,” he said, adding “in any case, be it leadership focus, diplomatic energy , practical projects or shared activities, the record is one of the highest stakes”.

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