External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that India-China relations have been profoundly disturbed by the Galwan clashes in June this year in eastern Ladakh. Jaishankar further said that these clashes led to casualties on both sides which hugely impacted the political and popular perceptions of China in India. He also pointed out that it was the first military casualty the two countries suffered after 1975 and added that the faceoff has left the relationship between the two large neighbours profoundly disturbed. Jaishankar made these remarks while speaking at an Asia Society event on a virtual platform.
Jaishankar on Indo-China ties after Galwan clashes: Key points
- “The Galwan clashes, which saw casualties on both sides, had a huge impact on political and popular perceptions of China in India,” Jaishankar said.
- “To underline the enormity of that, it was the first military casualty we had after 1975. So what it has done is, it has obviously had a very deep public impact, very major political impact and it has left the relationship profoundly disturbed,” he added.
- Jaishankar said that over the past three decades India and China had built a relationship and a basis for building that relationship has been peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control.
- He also said that multiple agreements started in 1993, which created the framework for that peace and tranquillity.
- Troops of both the countries, India and China are in a tense mode along the border of the Line of Actual control since early May.
- During clashes between troops of India and China on June 15 in Galwan, 20 Indian troops personnel were killed.
- There have been diplomatic level talks between both the nations, but that too seems to have no satisfactory results.