8 min read.Updated: 25 Jun 2020, 08:46 PM ISTHarsh V. Pant
The two Asian giants seem to have clearly reached an inflection point in their relationship
Under normal circumstances India and China would have been celebrating 70 years of their diplomatic relations this year. In fact, both sides had planned extensively for it. Instead, this year would probably be remembered as one that fundamentally altered the trajectory of their bilateral relationship. The border crisis and its dramatic escalation, with the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers last week, has shaken the foundations of the relationship to the core and unleashed unprecedented anti-China sentiment across the country. Indian policymakers recognize the challenge with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar underlining to his Chinese counterpart that the unprecedented developments in the Galwan Valley area last week would have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship and emphasising that the need of the hour was for the Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps. The two Asian giants seem to have clearly reached an inflection point in their relationship.