The statement was made by External Affairs Minister Jaishankar on Oct 16, during a virtual event hosted by ASPI.
Jaishankar said that the basis on which India and China have built a relationship over the last 30 years had been peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and multiple agreements created the framework for this by limiting military forces in border areas and setting the stage for border management. He added that the events of this year marked a ‘departure from these agreements.’
There has been friction between both countries ever since violent clashes broke out in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15, in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army also suffered an unspecified number of casualties. The incident was followed by several rounds of Corps Commander level talks between the two nations, but nothing has come out of the discussions so far.
On being questioned about the Chinese activity on the border and the reason behind it, Jaishankar said he has ‘no reasonable explanation.’ He said there are many soldiers with weapons concentrated on that segment of the border, which is a ‘very critical security challenge’ that they face.