India's Jaishankar Expresses Optimism for Resolution in Eastern Ladakh Border Dispute with China

India hopes to resolve border issues with China for normalized bilateral relations, states External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The unresolved issues primarily involve patrolling rights and abilities. Prime Minister Modi emphasized the urgent need for a solution, while Jaishankar highlights ongoing diplomatic discussions to resolve the standoff that began in 2020. Despite the border conflict, India acknowledges the increase in bilateral trade due to previous neglect of the manufacturing sector. Peace and tranquility at the border remain crucial for normalized relations, and India maintains its stance on restoring the pre-2020 status quo along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 12-05-2024 11:33 IST | Created: 12-05-2024 11:33 IST
India's Jaishankar Expresses Optimism for Resolution in Eastern Ladakh Border Dispute with China
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As the eastern Ladakh military standoff entered its fifth year, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India hopes for a resolution of the remaining issues with China and asserted that a return to normal bilateral ties hinges on peace and tranquillity at the border.

In an exclusive interview to PTI, he said the remaining issues mainly pertained to ''patrolling rights'' and ''patrolling abilities''.

Specifically asked when a resolution to the row can be expected in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks to Newsweek magazine last month, Jaishankar said he only provided a ''big picture'' viewpoint on the matter.

''We would hope that there is a resolution of the remaining issues out there. These issues mainly pertain to patrolling rights and patrolling abilities there,'' he said.

''I would not link it to the prime minister's interview per se. I think the prime minister was giving a big picture viewpoint and his big picture viewpoint was a very reasonable viewpoint which is -- after all as neighbours, every country wants good relations with its neighbours,'' he said.

''But today, our relations with China are not normal because the peace and tranquillity in the border areas has been disturbed. So he (PM) was expressing the hope that the Chinese side should realise that the present situation is not in its own interest,'' Jaishankar said.

Modi had said that the border situation needs to be addressed urgently and that stable and peaceful ties between India and China are important for not just the two countries but for the entire region and world.

Jaishankar said diplomacy is a work of patience and India continues to discuss the issues with the Chinese side.

''I would say that we need to resolve those issues if the relationship is to come back to normal,'' he said during the interview on Thursday.

The Indian and Chinese militaries have been locked in a standoff since May 2020 and a full resolution of the border row has not yet been achieved though the two sides have disengaged from a number of friction points.

India has been consistently maintaining that peace and tranquillity along the LAC were key for normalisation of overall ties.

Asked why bilateral trade volume with China is going up when New Delhi has been insisting that the ties cannot be normal when the border situation is abnormal, Jaishankar suggested that such a scenario has arisen as adequate attention to the manufacturing sector was not given before 2014.

''I think it is common sense that If there is no peace and tranquillity in the border, how can you have a normal relationship,'' he said.

''After all If somebody is at your front door in an unfriendly manner, you are not going to go out there and act as though everything is normal. That to me is a straightforward proposition,'' the minister added.

The ties between the two countries nosedived significantly following the fierce clash in the Galwan Valley in June 2020 that marked the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades.

In the diplomatic and military talks with China, the Indian negotiators have been insisting on restoring the status quo ante of April 2020 along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

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