China disregarding border pacts casting shadow on relation with India: Jaishankar

S Jaishankar said that China is disregarding border pacts with India and it is casting shadows over bilateral relations.

Jaishankar is on his first trip to the South American region as the external affairs minister. (Photo: PTI/File)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said that China is disregarding border pacts with India and the issue is clearly casting a shadow over bilateral relations. The minister is on an official visit to Brazil.

“Right now, we are going through a very difficult phase mainly because we have agreements with China going back to the 1990s, which prohibit bringing mass troops in the border area. They have disregarded that. You know what happened in the Galwan valley,” Jaishankar said during a community event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Jaishankar, who is on his first trip to the South American region as the external affairs minister, added, “That problem has not been resolved and it is clearly casting a shadow.”

Began my Latin American visit by meeting the Indian community in Sao Paulo.

Shared with them the progress and optimism as India completes 75 years of Independence. pic.twitter.com/BcjYOBWOBJ

— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 21, 2022

“They are our neighbours. Everybody wants to get along with their neighbour. In personal life and country-wise as well. But everybody wants to get along with on reasonable terms. I must respect you. You must respect me,” Jaishankar further said.

“So from our point of view, we have been very clear that we have to build the relationship and there has to be mutual respect. Each one will have their interests and we need to be sensitive to what the concerns are for others for a relationship to be built,” he added.

Chinese and Indian troops are engaged in a prolonged standoff in Eastern Ladakh. The two sides have so far held 16 rounds of Corps Commander Level talks to resolve the standoff which erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake area.

The MEA said Jaishankar’s visit to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina will provide an opportunity to continue the ongoing high-level engagements with India’s partners in the region and explore new areas of cooperation in the post-pandemic era, besides exchanging views on issues of bilateral and international significance.

(With PTI inputs)

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