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Unless there is peace in the border areas, relations with China will not be normal: S Jaishankar

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S Jaishankar said that relations with China cannot be normal unless there is peace on the border.
S Jaishankar expressed hope that China will realize that the current situation is not in its interest either.
Tensions arose between India and China after a fierce clash in the Galwan Valley in June 2020.

New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Thursday that India’s relations with China cannot be normal unless there is peace in the border areas and the signal given by India to that country in this matter is clear. Jaishankar said in the ‘Hindustan Times Leadership Summit’, ‘I am saying that unless there will be an atmosphere of peace in the border areas, unless agreements are followed and unilateral attempts to change the status quo are not stopped. Till then the relations cannot be normal.

Referring to the skirmishes in Galwan Valley, he said what happened in 2020 was “an effort of one side, and we know who it was, who walked out of the agreement and this issue is the most important”. Jaishankar said, ‘Have we made progress since then? In some ways, yes. There were many conflicting points. Among those conflict points, there were dangerously close deployments by the military, I think some of those issues have been resolved keeping in mind the common and mutual security.’

“But there are some issues which still need to be worked out,” he said. It is important that we persevere and keep moving forward. Because you don’t say it’s complicated or difficult.’ The foreign minister expressed hope that China would realize that the current situation is not in its interest either. He said, “The signal given by India to China in this matter is clear. They will weigh it with their own interests, however. It is not just a matter of public sentiment, and public sentiment is strong. I think this is the policy of the government, it is national thinking, public sentiment and strategic assessment.

Significantly, after the fierce clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020, there was tension in relations between India and China. No progress has been made so far on resolving the standoff in the Demchok and Depsang areas of eastern Ladakh, although both sides have withdrawn troops from the points of conflict through military and diplomatic talks. India has consistently maintained that peace along the Line of Actual Control is vital for the overall development of bilateral relations. The border standoff started in eastern Ladakh on May 5, 2020, following violent clashes in the Pangong Lake area.

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