External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday outlined eight ways to bring India-China relations on track, including strict compliance of all agreements on the management of the Line of Actual Control, mutual respect and sensitivity, and the emerging powers of Asia as each other Understanding the aspirations of.
Addressing the 13th All India Conference on Chinese Studies in digital mode, Jaishankar said that events in the last year in eastern Ladakh have severely affected the relations between the two countries. He also clarified that the Line of Actual Control should be strictly adhered to and respected and no unilateral attempt to change the status quo is acceptable.
The Foreign Minister said that ignoring the situation on the border, expecting life to go on normally is not a reality. Jaishankar said that relations between India and China are at a crossroads and the choices made at this time will have an impact not only on both countries but on the whole world.
That is why the events in Eastern Ladakh last year have so profoundly disturbed the relationship because they are not only signed a disregard for commitments about minimizing troop levels but also showed a willingness to breach peace and tranquility: EAM S Jaishankar https://t.co/rLICHPRgUN
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Regarding the East Ladakh deadlock, Jaishankar said, “The events in the year 2020 have really increased unexpected pressure on our relations. The incidents in the last year (in East Ladakh) have severely affected the relations between the two countries. “
The Foreign Minister said that this (the events in Ladakh) not only disrespected the commitment to reduce the number of soldiers, but also demonstrated a desire to break the peace. Jaishankar said that we still have not found any credible explanation on the change in Chinese attitude and deployment of large number of troops in border areas.
Citing the eight-point principle for furthering bilateral relations, the External Affairs Minister said that the earlier agreements on the management of the Line of Actual Control should be fully followed. He said, “The agreements that have been reached should be fully followed. The Line of Actual Control should be strictly followed and respected. Any unilateral attempt to change the status quo is completely unacceptable. “
Jaishankar said that both countries are committed to a multi-polar world and it should be acknowledged that multi-polar Asia is an important outcome of this. He said, “Naturally every country will have its own interests, concerns and priorities but sensations cannot be one sided. Ultimately the nature of the relationship between the big countries is mutual. “
He said that each country has its own aspirations as emerging powers and cannot be ignored. The Foreign Minister said that peacekeeping in the border areas is the basis for the overall development of relations with China and if there is any interference in it, it will undoubtedly affect the rest of the relationship.
On relations with China, he said that relations can be further enhanced only when they are based on maturity like mutual respect and sensitivity and mutual interest. “The issue before us is what the Chinese stand wants to indicate, how it moves forward and what its implications are for future relations,” he said.