Can India-China relationship be based on sensitivity and respect? Jaishankar said – this question is the biggest issue
The ongoing tension between India and China on the border in eastern Ladakh is still visible. Efforts are on for peace talks from both sides. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that the big issue in the matter related to the border dispute in eastern Ladakh is whether India and China can build a relationship based on mutual sensitivity and respect. He asked whether Beijing would stick to the written commitment that included not deploying large numbers of armed forces along the border by both sides.
During an online address at the Qatar Economic Forum, Jaishankar also clarified that India has nothing to do with being part of the Quad and the border dispute with China. He said that the Quad has its own agenda in the global perspective among the member countries. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said, the India-China border dispute predates the existence of the Quad. In many ways it is a challenge and a problem which is completely different from the Quad. Of course, at the moment there are two big issues, one of which is the issue of deployment of troops, especially in Ladakh.
Negotiations continue for withdrawal of troops from other parts of the dispute
Significantly, there is a military standoff between India and China on the border in eastern Ladakh since the beginning of May last year. However, the two sides completed the process of withdrawing troops from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake in February after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks. At present, talks are going on between the two countries regarding the withdrawal of troops from the rest of the standoff. However, no positive results are visible from this conversation. China is continuously deploying troops and weapons on its western borders.
China deployed 'Tibet unit' near Sikkim border
China's 'nefarious' antics can be gauged from the fact that it has deployed PLA troops near the Tibet unit near the Sikkim border. 'Dragon' has made this deployment in the strategically important Chumbi Valley between Sikkim and Bhutan. The Chinese army has created a new set of militia, which is named Mimang Chetan (MC). This includes Tibetan youth. The Chinese army has also provided training to all these people. There are two batches of MC, each with participation of 100 youths. Out of this, one batch has been fully trained and only they have been deployed.