Highlights:

  • The clash between India and China in Ladakh back in June has left the relationship between the two ‘profoundly disturbed’
  • On the Galwan Valley clash back on June 15 this year, Jaishankar said the attack had a deep public and political impact
  • “I have not frankly got any reasonable explanations from China on this matter,” replied Jaishankar
  • The External Minister said India and China were engaged in talks to solve the five-month-long border standoff

In a virtual event organized by Asia Society on Friday, External Minister of India, S Jaishankar stated that the violent skirmish between India and China in Ladakh back in June has left the relationship between the two ‘profoundly disturbed’.

He stated that the Indo-Sino relationship at the border created a crack in the relationship between both the Nations. It has marked a ‘sharp departure’ in India-China relations over a period of 30 years, added Jaishankar. He further said, “Now, what we saw this year was a departure from this entire series of agreements. The massing of large numbers of Chinese forces on the border was clearly contrary to all of this.”

On the Galwan Valley clash back on June 15 this year, Jaishankar said the attack had a deep public and political impact. Jaishankar stated that it was the first military casualty after 1975 and the clash has left the ties between the two ‘profoundly disturbed.’

In the virtual event, Jaishankar was questioned about China accumulating troops at the border. “I have not frankly got any reasonable explanations from China on this matter,” replied Jaishankar. The External Minister said that India and China were engaged in talks to solve the five-month-long border standoff and the seventh talks between the commanders of both the Nations were held on 12 October. 

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