India China Relations continue to be sour during SCO meetings as talks were held by the Indian Defence Minister and his Sino Counterpart on Sunday without much publicity. Even no joint statements were issued by the Indian and Chinese officials on the progress towards an amicable solution that has been raging since the Ladakh clashes in 2020.
India China Relations – The Past and the Present
The 18th Round of Corps Commander-level negotiations that happened without any media intervention or declaration from both sides suggests that things might continue to be tense on both sides as far as India China Relations are concerned. Repeated aggression and border tensions in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh haven’t helped the cause either. The Galwan incident near Ladakh where 20 Indian soldiers laid their lives fighting the Chinese counterparts had been strongly condemned by the Indian Authorities at National and International levels marking the lowest level in India China Relations.
As per the breaking news, the recent icing on the cake has been the incident in Arunachal Pradesh where the Chinese renamed a few villages as per their choice has added fuel to the fire. The Chinese continue their aggressive stand in spite of being condemned at the International level, but China has been regularly developing its infrastructure along the disputed borders. Indian Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh has been critical of the Chinese quoting, “Violation of existing agreements has eroded the entire basis of bilateral relations”.
India China Relations – Latest Statements
A communique issued by the Indian Defense spokesperson after the meeting with the Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart, General Li Shangfu read, “The Raksha Mantri categorically conveyed that development of relations between India and China is premised on the prevalence of peace and tranquillity at the borders”. He added that “All issues at the LAC need to be resolved in accordance with existing bilateral agreements and commitments. He reiterated that violation of existing agreements has eroded the entire basis of bilateral relations and disengagement at the border will logically be followed with de-escalation,” the statement added.
The 18th round of talks between the military commanders of India and China has led to disengagement in certain areas of Ladakh including Hot Springs, Galwan, and the north bank of Pangong Lake had made things stable India China Relations. But there has been little headway in resolving the situation in strategically important Demchok and Depsang, where the Chinese occupy large swathes of Indian territory.
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