India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to modify LAC: Jaishankar

India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or alter the Line of Actual Control (LAC), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, while saying that through a huge logistical effort, the country had countered the Chinese in eastern Ladakh.

Speaking of the border line east of Ladakh, Jaishankar said that China, in violation of the 1993 and 1996 agreements not to mass troops on the LAC, had chosen to do so, and added that its attempt was obviously to unilaterally change the LAC.

“Even though we were in the middle of COVID-19 at the time, thanks to a huge logistical effort, which I think sometimes wasn’t recognized enough by people, by analysts, even in our policy in this country, we were actually able to counter them at LAC,” Jaishankar said at a town hall hosted by CNN-News18.

Elaborating on the line, he said some people had a simplistic idea of ​​the border and that one usually did not deploy at the patrol point and troops were in deep areas.

“What happened as a result of that is because they (China) had forward deployments which were new and we counter-deployed, we also had forward deployments. You ended up with a kind of very complex mix… which was very dangerous because they were too close, the rules of engagement were not respected and then exactly what we feared happened in Galwan two years ago It got violent and there were casualties,” Jaishankar said.

“Since then we’ve had a situation where we’re negotiating the sticking points. When you say you got results, a lot of those sticking points have been resolved,” he said.

“There are areas where they’ve backed off, we’ve backed off. Remember, we’re both way ahead of our pre-April positions. Has everything been done? No. Have we brought substantial solutions? Actually, yes,” Jaishankar said.

“It’s hard work. It’s very patient work, but we are very clear on one point, which is that we will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or modify the LAC,” he said. he declared.

“I don’t care how long it takes, how many rounds we do, how hard we have to negotiate – that’s something we are very clear about,” Jaishankar said.

He also said talks with China were not over.

The remarks came amid a standoff between India and China that began in early May 2020. Following military talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern and southern shores. of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra region.

India has always maintained that peace and tranquility along the LAC are essential for the overall development of bilateral relations.

In his remarks at the town hall, Jaishankar also said that India’s history with the United States was troubled.

“Many of our problems with Pakistan are directly attributable to the support the United States has given Pakistan,” he added.

But today, there is a United States that is able to take a long-term view, that is actually able to say, “India has a different history from Russia and we have to take that into account”, did he declare.

“Part of why Quad worked is that the four of us gave each other that degree of latitude and understanding,” Jaishankar said.

India’s history with Russia is different from the latter’s history with the United States, Japan or Australia, and not everyone in the Quad has an identical position on everything, a he declared.

“If that had been the case, we would have expected everyone to have the same position on Pakistan as ours,” Jaishankar said.

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