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Business News/ News / World/  ‘We can never compromise on securing our border..,’ says EAM Jaishankar on India-China relations
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‘We can never compromise on securing our border..,’ says EAM Jaishankar on India-China relations

EAM S Jaishankar said that in the case of China, the relationship has been difficult for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the two sides have a boundary dispute.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (Ishant)Premium
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (Ishant)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday emphasized that restoring normalcy in bilateral relations with China hinges on the conventional deployment of troops, which will serve as a necessary condition for shaping the future relationship with Beijing.

“My first duty to Indians is to secure the border. I can never compromise on that," Jaishankar said while responding to a question on the current state of India's relations with China during his interaction with the Indian diaspora here in the Malaysian capital, as reported by PTI.

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He said every country wants “good relations with its neighbours. Who doesn't? But every relationship has to be founded on some basis."

“We're still negotiating with the Chinese. I talk to my counterpart. We meet from time to time. Our military commanders negotiate with each other. But we are very clear that we had an agreement. There is a Line of Actual Control. We have a tradition of not bringing troops to that line. Both of us have bases some distance away, which is our traditional deployment place. And we want that normalcy," EAM said.

"So that normalcy that returns to where we are in terms of the troop deployment will be the basis for the relationship going forward. And we've been very, very honest with the Chinese about it," Jaishankar said.

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He said that in the case of China, the relationship has been difficult for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the two sides have a boundary dispute.

“But despite the boundary dispute over the many years, we actually built up a substantial relationship because we agreed that while we will negotiate the boundary dispute, both of us will agree that we will not bring soldiers in large numbers to the boundary. And we will never have a situation where there'll be violence and bloodshed on the contrary," he said.

So this understanding which started in the late 1980s, actually was reflected in several agreements. And those agreements gave the relationship stability based on which in other areas, the relationship went forward, he said.

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"Now, unfortunately, for reasons which are still not clear to us, these agreements were broken in 2020. And we actually had violence and bloodshed on the border," Jaishankar said.

Relations between India and China sharply declined after the violent confrontation in the Galwan Valley in June 2020, which represented the most severe military confrontation between the two nations in over forty years.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published: 28 Mar 2024, 06:30 AM IST
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