External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday that the world recognises India’s ability to defend its interests and that the country is unshaken in the face of border standoffs.
“When confronted in border areas, we have remained firm. We had China move forces in violation of the agreement in the middle of Covid two years ago. But we stood firm and have been negotiating without making any concessions. The world recognises that the country is capable of defending its interests “Jaishankar made the remarks while speaking at IIM Ahemdabad in Gujarat, where he was addressing and interacting with students about Indian foreign policy.
Jaishankar had previously stated on Monday that the state of the border will determine the state of the relationship between Beijing and New Delhi. The EAM stated at the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute in the national capital that much of Asia’s future depends on how the two countries’ relations develop in the near future.
Ties must be based on the three mutuals: mutual sensitivity, mutual respect, and mutual interest in order to return to a positive trajectory and remain sustainable. Of course, you are all aware of their current situation. “All I can say is that the state of the border will determine the state of the relationship,” he said.
For over two years, India and China have been at odds in a number of conflicts in the region in eastern Ladakh. After violent clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in June 2020, the situation deteriorated. Both sides have held several high-level military talks since then.
Jashankar also emphasised the importance of rising Asia in the global order. “As the most dynamic region outside of the West, its achievements can serve as a model for the rest of the Global South. Through its efforts, it is, in fact, leading the process of global rebalancing. For this to have the greatest possible impact, India promotes a cooperative, inclusive, and consultative approach to international relations. We believe that Asia’s progress is advancing multipolarity, rebalancing, fairer globalisation, and reformed multilateralism. This belief shapes our diplomacy accordingly “he stated.