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 a massive logistical effort had hit the country. The Chinese had resisted the LAC in eastern Ladakh. Talking about the border east of 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 that his attempt was clear to unilaterally the LAK.
“Even though we were amid COVID-19 at the time, through a huge logistical effort, which I think sometimes hasn’t been recognized enough by analysts, even in our politics in this country, we succeeded. To oppose them at the LAC,” Mr. Ravishankar said at a town hall hosted by CNN-News18. He elaborated on the line, saying that some people have a simplistic idea of the border, 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 new implementations, 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.” they were together, the rules of engagement were not followed, and then exactly what we had detained in Galway two years ago happened. It turned violent. 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, many of those friction points are resolved,” he said. “There are areas where they withdrew; we withdrew. Remember, we are both ways beyond our pre-April positions. Is it all done? No. Have we made any concrete 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.
India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility along the LAC are key to the overall development of bilateral ties. During the dialogue in Delhi on Thursday, Mr. Jaishankar argued that the development of relations between India and China should be based on mutual respect, sensitivity, and mutual interests. He also said that the border state would be reflected in the form of the Sino-Indian relationship. The comments came amid a standoff between India and China in early May 2020. As a result of military talks, the two sides completed the withdrawal process on Lake Pangong’s north and south shores and in the Gogra area last year.
In his comments to the town hall, Mr. Jaishankar also said that India’s history with the United States is difficult. “Many of our problems with Pakistan are directly attributable to the support the United States has given Pakistan,” he added. But today, the US can take a long look, saying, “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. Jai Shankar. India’s history with Russia is different from Russia’s history with the US, Japan, or Australia. He told everyone in the Quad doesn’t have the same point of view on everything. “Had that been the case, we would have expected everyone to have the same stance on Pakistan as ours,” said Mr. Ravishankar.