MelbourneIndia’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday that the current situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has arisen because of China. He said that China has broken written agreements not to assemble troops on the border.
In a joint press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne, Jaishankar said that when a major country defies written commitments, it is a matter of concern for the entire international community. He made this statement in response to a question related to the standoff between the armies of India and China on the eastern Ladakh border. The External Affairs Minister said that the current situation on the LAC arose due to China’s disregard for the written agreements made with India in 2020 not to assemble troops on the border.
India-China border standoff issue raised in quad meeting
Asked whether the issue of the standoff on the India-China border was discussed in the Quad foreign ministers’ meeting here on Friday, Jaishankar replied “yes”. “Yes, we (Quad) discussed India-China relations because it is part of the way we keep each other informed of developments in our neighbourhood. This is an issue in which many countries are interested. Especially the countries of the Indo-Pacific region.
Significantly, after the violent clash in Pangong Lake, a standoff broke out between the armies of India and China on the eastern Ladakh border and both sides have gradually increased their deployment by sending thousands of soldiers to the border. Tension had arisen between the two countries after violent clashes in the Galwan Valley.