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China violated agreements, relations going through ‘very difficult times’: S Jaishankar

S Jaishankar On India-China Relation: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday that India’s relations with China are going through a “very difficult phase” after it violated border agreements. Jaishankar underlined that “the status of the border will determine the status of relations.” The External Affairs Minister said this while addressing the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2022 discussion. In response to a question, he said, “India has a problem with China and the problem is that from 1975 to 45 years there was peace on the border, there was stable border management, there was no military casualty.”

He said, “Now this has changed because we had made agreements with China not to deploy military forces along the border or the Line of Actual Control… But China has violated those agreements.” Jaishankar said, “Naturally, the border situation will determine the status of relations.” The relations were quite good even before June 2020.

Let us inform that after the violent clashes in the Pangong Lake areas, the border standoff between Indian and Chinese armies started in eastern Ladakh and both sides gradually increased the deployment of their troops and weapons. Tension escalated after a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020.

The External Affairs Minister said that India’s capabilities and influence have increased in the last few years. Jaishankar participated in a discussion on the Indo-Pacific at the MSC, aimed at broadening discussions on the escalating tensions between NATO countries and Russia over Ukraine.

Here Jaishankar held bilateral meetings with other foreign ministers and other delegates attending the conference. Jaishankar also held several meetings with ministers from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world during his visit to Germany.

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