“Until borders are secured, armed forces exist and will persist”: EAM Jaishankar regarding the border dispute between India and China

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Speaking to Pune youngsters on India’s global ascent and better chances, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday that the soldiers will stay there until the borders are secured in relation to the India-China border dispute.

He was in Pune for the book’s Why Bharat Matters book launch in Marathi. “I’m excited to present my book, #WhyBharatMatters, in Marathi today in Pune. As much as our diplomacy, our society has undergone a significant transition in the past ten years. “I am confident that this will lay the groundwork for the path towards Viksit Bharat during Modi 3.0,” wrote Jaishankar on X.

He went on to say that China had broken the previous agreement, which said that no weaponry should be placed along the border, during COVID-19.

“We desire stability at the border and the absence of tension there…No significant armaments were stationed on the border, as per the prior agreement, but during COVID, they broke it. We stepped up our soldiers, and we’ll keep them there till the borders are secured,” Jaishankar declared.

According to him, India would have to contend with China, and there’s a risk that the countries that surround New Delhi could adopt this philosophy as well.

“We will have to compete with China, there is no doubt about that, our neighbouring countries may support our opposing ideology….” “We should all be clear that India and China are very unique in many ways,” Jaishankar continued. Because we both come from ancient civilizations, we are distinct.”

“We used to be the world’s leading economy, but after the arrival of Western nations, we faced 200 years of hardship. However, as of right now, China has the second-best economy in the world, while ours is in fifth place. In the next two to three years, we will actually be in the top three, he said. “But China is also a neighbour, and border settlement is a challenge with any neighbour,” he said.

The EAM sketched the background of the Aksai Chin boundary dispute by citing a 1950 letter from Sardar Patel to Jawahar Lal Nehru regarding China’s occupation of Tibet.

“In 1950, when China occupied Tibet, Sardar Patel wrote a letter to Nehru and said that we are not paying attention to it. Nehru wrote in reply that you are doubting a lot, they are also Asian people, and they do not have any such intentions,” Jaishankar said, providing a stark depiction of how it happened. It is impossible to reach China through the Himalayas, therefore let me tell you this: Sardar was a pragmatic, while Pandit Nehru was a leftist and idealistic man.So let me begin by going over history. Since China is a country we should

“India is currently dealing with a dual-front crisis. Thus, we ought to start getting ready for this,” he said.

India and China discussed measures to achieve total disengagement and resolve the concerns along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western sector of India-China border areas in March amid border tensions.

This comes as the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held its 29th meeting on Wednesday in Beijing, the capital of China.

In January of this year, India reiterated its long-standing stance against China while also stating that the two nations are still in contact militarily and diplomatically in an attempt to find a solution.

India’s stance towards China is widely recognised. We have had discussions in October and November about this connection, which is not typical, from both a military and political standpoint. During the weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Official Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated, “And the idea is that we engage so that we can have some sort of resolution.”

Since the Chinese attempted to radically change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control in May 2020, the two nations have been engaged in a military standoff for the past three years.

The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held its 29th meeting between China and India last month.

The two nations discussed strategies for reaching total disengagement and settling disputes along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector of the border regions between China and India.

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