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S Jaishankar Ahead of Chinese Minister’s Visit

New Delhi:

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, ahead of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit, said today that India’s relations with China have turned unexpectedly in the past two years. “Few are expecting the turn of India’s relations with China in the last two years,” Mr Jaishankar said at St Stephen’s Distinguished Alumni Annual Lecture.

The reference is to the deterioration in relations following several incursions in China across the Line of Real Control in Ladakh, which led to fighting in Galwan, in which 20 Indians and several Chinese soldiers were killed.

Although Mr Jaishankar and Wang Yi have held several meetings over the past two years, this will be the first high -level visit to China in two years.

Explaining the role of foreign policy in resolving the problems caused by India’s “unresolved borders”, Mr Jaishankar called it the “first line of defense”.

In the case of China, “diplomatic interactions that have taken place in parallel with military tensions since May 2020 illustrate that foreign policy and defense are fully integrated,” he added.

“Any prudent policy supports its posture with capabilities and barriers. Indian diplomacy creates the widest options for contingencies. This could mean the acquisition of defense capabilities,” he added.

Wang Yi made a visit in the heart of a new controversy about his remarks on Kashmir at the program in Pakistan. New Delhi has dismissed the statements, calling them “inappropriate” and stressing that Jammu and Kashmir are India’s internal affairs and both Pakistan and China know that.

Minister Visits China came just a day after India refused “improper reference” to Kashmir during his speech at a ceremony in Pakistan.

“The matter relating to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is entirely India’s internal affairs. Other countries including China have no locus standi to comment. They should note that India avoids making public judgments on their internal issues,” ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said. . to reporters yesterday.


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