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India-China relations going through ‘very difficult phase’, says S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated on Saturday that India’s relations with China are currently in a “very difficult phase” as a result of Beijing’s violation of border agreements, emphasising that the “state of the border will decide the status of the relationship.”

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2022 Panel Discussion today, Jaishankar stated that India has an issue with China. The crisis at the LAC arose as a result of China’s disobedience of formal agreements with India not to mass military at the border in 2020.

The Indian and Chinese forces clashed in eastern Ladakh after a severe conflict in the Pangong lake areas, and both sides gradually increased their deployment by bringing in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy equipment. Following a violent battle in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020, tensions rose.

In November 2017, India, Japan, the United States, and Australia finalised a long-delayed plan to form the Quad to devise a new strategy to preserve the Indo-crucial Pacific’s sea routes free of Chinese influence, despite China’s expanding military presence in the region.



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