Affairs Minister S Jaishankar say 'The foundation of our relations with China has deteriorated'

Affairs Minister S Jaishankar say 'The foundation of our relations with China has deteriorated'

Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday while addressing an occasion in Moscow said that the connection between India and China has been disturbed because of border clashes between both countries in 2020 in eastern Ladakh.“For the last one year there has been tons of concern regarding the connection and China didn't respect the border agreements it signed up to. For the primary time in 45 years, there have been incidents at the border with casualties”, Jaishankar said while addressing an occasion at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and international relations in Moscow.“Peace and tranquility at the border are the basics of a relationship between any neighbouring countries. Naturally the inspiration has been disturbed, so has the relationship”, Jaishankar further added.

Jaishankar’s observation came in response to an issue on how India views the increase of China. He said that there has been an increase of latest powers after several nations won their independence from colonial rule everywhere the planet .

“China is a component of an exception and China is a component of a trend also , due to its history, scale and power today. For us (India), it's a natural happening to a point because we see ourselves during a similar situation. The timing may show we are a couple of years behind and therefore the pace and intensity of it's going to be slightly different but broadly within the same time span India’s position vis-a-vis the planet has also changed”, Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar further said that China's rise impacts India because it is India’s immediate neighbour. He said its rise also impacts Russia and Eurasia and forums like BRICS show how each of those nations profits collaboratively.

“For the last 40 years we maintained a stable relationship with China, there's an enormous economic element since China emerged as our second-largest economic partner”, Jaishankar said pertaining to India’s economic relationship with its neighbour.

During his address, Jaishankar said India’s strategic, diplomatic and cultural ties with Russia are important in today’s world. He said that ties between both countries ranging over military to medicine also as space and nuclear shows India’s commitment towards stronger ties with Russia. Jaishankar said that the 2+2 dialogue between PM Modi and President Vladimir Putin ‘promises to supply new vitality’ to India-Russia relations.

Jaishankar will meet Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday.

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