New York: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said that the presence of a large number of Chinese troops with weapons on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh posed a “very serious” security challenge for India. Jaishankar also said that the public and political impact of the violent clashes in the Ladakh sector in June was very deep and it led to the turmoil of relations between India and China.
Foreign Minister mentioned the incident of June 15
Jaishankar said during a virtual event organized by the Asia Society, “Today a large number of Chinese Army (PLA) soldiers armed with weapons are present across the border and this is a very important security challenge.” On June 15, tensions between India and China increased manifold following clashes in the Galvan Valley of eastern Ladakh, in which 20 Indian Army personnel have died. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also suffered heavy losses.
An important relationship was formed during 30 years
Jaishankar said that India has built a relationship with China during the last 30 years and peace on the Line of Actual Control has been based on that relationship. He said that since 1993, there have been several agreements, which have laid out the framework for peace and tranquility that limited the military forces in the border areas and decided how to manage the border. At the same time it was also determined how to treat the border soldiers when they approached each other.
June 15 incident extremely tragic
The Foreign Minister said, ‘So from the concept level to the level of behavior, the whole was a framework. Now what we saw this year was that this entire series of agreements were sidelined. The deployment of a large number of Chinese forces on the border is clearly contrary to all this. And when you came to a collision situation where a large number of army personnel remained very close to each other at various points and this is the reason for the 15th of June. Sad incident happened. The prevalence of this violent skirmish can be understood as if it was the first military skirmish after 1975 in which so many soldiers were martyred. It clearly has a very deep public impact, a huge political impact and has greatly affected mutual relations. ‘