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Last week after the disengagement talks with china, India asserted that peace across the border needs to be prevailed.

How serious was the standoff earlier?

  • In Early May, China brought about 10,000 soldiers in full military preparation mode across the Ladakh (LAC).
  • At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley.
  • External Affairs Minister acknowledged that relationship between countries is profoundly disturbed in comparison to the last 30 to 40 years.

How has China responded?

  • China has again blamed India for the current crisis & said India is totally responsible for the standoff.
  • It also said that china has strictly abided the border agreements.
  • But this is in contrast with unprecedented mobilisation of Chinese troops to various points across the LAC since early May.

How has India responded?

  • The Ministry of External Affairs asked China to match its words with actions.
  • External Affairs Minister said that full disengagement will not take place very soon.
  • He also cited the Sumdorong Chu crisis of 1986 that took nine years to resolve.

What is the road ahead?

  • Other aspects of the relationship with China—from trade to growing links in fields like investment & education –rests upon Peace in the border.
  • There is no road map yet to a return to the status quo across the border.
  • The slow-moving talks on the LAC also raise the questions about the China’s willingness to restore the status quo.
  • India must insist that china needs to abide by the past agreements.
  • The government should be far more forthcoming than it has been earlier on the LAC.
  • Public needs to be fully aware about the border situation and the state of the relationship with China.
  • Transparency should take precedence over political expediency.

 

 

Source: The Hindu

 

 

 

 

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