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India-China situation in Himalayan region is fragile, dangerous: New Delhi

The situation between
India and China in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh is
fragile and dangerous, with military forces deployed very close
to each other in some parts, Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has said.

“The situation to my mind still remains very fragile because there are places where our deployments are very close up and in military assessment therefore quite dangerous,” Jaishankar said at an India Today conclave on Saturday.

At least 24 soldiers were killed when the two sides clashed
in the region in mid-2020, but the situation has been calmed
through rounds of diplomatic and military talks.

Violence erupted in the eastern sector of the undemarcated
border between the nuclear-armed Asia giants in December but did
not result in any deaths.

India-China relations cannot go back to normal, he said,
until the border row is resolved in line with the September 2020
in-principle agreement he reached with his Chinese counterpart.

“The Chinese have to deliver on what was agreed to, and they
have struggled with that.”

What’s behind the China-India border dispute?

Discussions continue

Although forces from both sides have disengaged from many
areas, discussions are proceeding over unresolved points,
Jaishankar said.

“We have made it very clear to the Chinese that we cannot
have a breach of peace and tranquillity, you can’t violate the agreement and want the rest of the relationship to continue as
though nothing happened. That’s just not tenable.”

Jaishankar said he discussed the situation with China’s new
foreign minister, Qin Gang, on the sidelines of a meeting of the
foreign ministers of the G20 nations hosted by India this month.

Regarding India’s presidency of G20 this year, Jaishankar
expressed hope that New Delhi can make the forum “more true to
its global mandate”.

“The G20 should not be a debating club or an arena only of
the global north. The entirety of global concerns need to be
captured. We have already made that point very forcefully,”
Jaishankar said.

Two G20 ministerial meetings in India in the last three
weeks have been overshadowed by Russia’s 13-month offensive against Ukraine.

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