Foreign Minister Jaishankar reprimanded, said- China tried to change LAC unilaterally3 min read
Jaishankar said – China made unilateral changes on LAC
Satellite images will reveal reality, not allegations
Experiences are such that nothing can be expected from China
Vienna: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (EAM S Jaishankar) on Tuesday lashed out at China for trying to unilaterally change the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In an interview to the Austrian ZIB2 podcast, a daily news magazine of ORF television, Jaishankar said, ‘We had an agreement not to change the LAC unilaterally, but they (China) have tried to make unilateral changes. So, I think, it is a big issue. An assumption has been made about this, which we have got from the experiences here.
The Galwan Valley and Pangong Lake to the west of the LAC had raised tensions between the two countries in recent years. At the same time, there was a clash between India and China in East Tawang. Jaishankar said that ‘I think this is a big concern based on our experiences. There were agreements with China not to build up forces in our border areas, and China did not abide by those agreements. This is the reason that the situation is tense at present. Recently, India and China held the 17th round of Corps Commander level meeting at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on December 20 and agreed to maintain security and stability on the ground in the western sector.
Today there is a lot of transparency. you have satellite images
Speaking about China trying to change the status quo, Jaishankar said China could blame India for not following agreements, although satellite images could clearly show who was at fault. Jaishankar said “Now, where else can the status quo change or not change? I would hesitate to make predictions publicly as a foreign minister. I may have my own views and assessments, but I can certainly share my experience. And my experience is that there were written agreements that were not observed and we have seen levels of military pressure that, in our view, have no justification. Obviously, China will say the opposite that India did not comply with various agreements. I think it is difficult for China to say so. For this reason, the record is very clear, because there is a lot of transparency today. You have satellite images. If you look at who first sent troops to the border areas, I think the record is very clear.
India will be the most populous country
Commenting on the possibility of India surpassing China as the most populous country and its place in world politics, Jaishankar said, “India will probably overtake China as the world’s most populous country within this year.” Will go ahead. Is this fact of any political significance? India, or is it just a statistic? You know, we’ll know when we get there, won’t we? Because we’ve never used numbers that way. Maybe other countries have done it. I would still say that it is largely a figure.
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Tags: China, EAM S Jaishankar, LAC
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 03, 2023, 16:23 IST