India-China Peace and Stability Deteriorated Badly at Border

  • Hand-to-hand battle on 15 June in a contested Himalayan area triggered the death of 20 Indian troops in the LAC.
  • The two countries have deployed more than 50,000 troops on the border
  • Amidst this tension, India had banned more than 100 apps related to China

Indian Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar has said that peace and stability on the Line of Actual Control have ‘deteriorated’ and it is evident that it is affecting the relations between India and China. Jaishankar said this on Saturday at a time when tensions between India and China in East Ladakh have been continuing for more than five months.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is an Indian diplomat and politician who is the current Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India since 31 May 2019.

The two countries have deployed more than 50,000 troops on the border.

S. Jayashankar on Saturday in a webinar in connection with his book ‘The India Way’, said many important things about India-China relations. He said that the India-China relationship has been ‘very difficult’ since the beginning and after the year 1980 there was something common after a trade, travel, tourism, and various social activities.

Jaishankar said, “We are not saying that we should resolve the border dispute. We understand that this is a very difficult and complex issue. Negotiations have been made at different levels in this regard. This is a very difficult measure for relations between countries.

“It’s not our position that we should solve the boundary question. We understand that’s a very complicated, very difficult issue. There have been many negotiations on this at different levels over a different period. That’s a very high bar for a relationship,” Jaishankar said.

“Both India and China are making progress and are hoping to play a ‘big role’ on a global scale, but the ‘big question’ is how will the two countries establish a ‘synergy’?” I have discussed these basic issues in my book. Jaishankar said that he had completed his book in April before the situation of tension in eastern Ladakh.

Ladakh is a region administered by India as a union territory, and constituting a part of the larger Kashmir region, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

“I’m talking of a much more basic bar, which is [that] there must be peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the border areas and that has been the case since the late 1980s. If peace and tranquillity is deeply disturbed, then obviously there will be an impact on the relationship and that is what we are seeing.”

Tension has been going on for a long time at the India-China border. Not only this, for the first time after almost 45 years, LAC was fired on both sides. Amidst this tension, India had banned more than 100 apps related to China.

Anti-China feeling has long been whipped up by reports in India of cheap imports. But a deadly border confrontation earlier this month contributed to strains in calling for Chinese goods to be boycotted.

Hand-to-hand battle on 15 June in a contested Himalayan area triggered the death of 20 Indian troops in the LAC, a de facto frontier between the two most populated nations of the planet.

The deaths contributed to social media outcry through demands for a boycott of Chinese products and flags in distributed street demonstrations. Senior Minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested a ban on Chinese food, while a leading labor union claimed that a number of items imported from China will be boycotted.

A New Delhi hotel union said last week that Chinese visitors are not permitted to linger in their properties. “Remove China Apps,” the ios application that helps users identify and remove Chinese applications until Google was banned from their play store, has been downloaded by millions of Indians.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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