India, China relations will be impacted if peace is put under stress: Jaishankar
There have been several rounds of diplomatic and military talks but it has hit a roadblock because of the Chinese reluctance to restore status quo ante in some key areas
There will naturally be issues if the peace and tranquillity is put under stress, says External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in an interview with Hindustan Times. He emphasized the need of China adhering to agreements struck over the years with India in regards to the border issues.
The relationship between India and China moved forward in various other dimensions, including economic one, because of these agreements and the fact that both countries followed them. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry highlighted India’s latest position on the protracted stand-off hours after the Chinese defence ministry said New Delhi should look at the big picture of bilateral ties and work with Beijing to bring the relationship back on track while avoiding misjudgements.
The report quoted Jaishankar saying that when it comes to finding a solution, it must be predicated on honouring all agreements and understandings and not attempting to alter the status quo unilaterally.
India maintains the need to resolve the LAC tension speedily. There have been several rounds of diplomatic and military talks but it has hit a roadblock because of the Chinese reluctance to restore status quo ante in some key areas.
The Chinese defence ministry spokesperson Col. Wu Qian told a news briefing that China expects India to work with it to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border. He said India also has to bear in mind the big picture of bilateral ties and putting the border issue in an appropriate position in the big picture.
Experts said that Beijing’s diplomatic narrative suggests that China doesn’t want border tensions to impact other components of the relationship - trade and economic cooperation with India.