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Ties With Neighbours, Including China, Deteriorated? Minister Says “No”

The minister’s response comes amid a pointy dip within the state of affairs on the LAC (Representational)

New Delhi:

India’s relation with neighbouring international locations, together with China, has not deteriorated lately, the Centre mentioned right this moment in response to a query in parliament in the course of a months-long face-off with China and the current variations with Nepal on the boundary problem. The authorities had additionally mentioned no infiltration was reported alongside the India-China border within the final six months, in what’s seen as an try and play down the state of affairs on the border. 

In response to Trinamool Congress member Sougata Ray’s query whether or not bilateral ties with neighbouring international locations like Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar have deteriorated lately, junior overseas minister V Muraleedharan had clearly responded “No”. 

Mr Ray had additionally requested two different supplementary questions: Whether China is retaining good relations with any of the 5 international locations talked about, and the steps taken for cordial relations with neighbouring international locations.

Mr Muraleedharan responded that “India’s relations with other countries stand on their own footing and are independent of the relations of those countries with third countries”. The authorities accords the “highest priority” to India’s relations with neighbouring international locations. 

“India is an active political and economic partner of its neighbours and s involved in various projects, including development projects with these countries. India also has extensive education, culture, trade and investment linkages with neighbouring countries,” his reply learn. 

The minister’s response comes amid a pointy dip within the state of affairs on the Line of Actual Control — the de facto border between the 2 international locations — with repeated transgressions and violent face-offs, certainly one of which turned deadly. On June 15, 20 Indian troopers died in motion at Galwan Valley — a primary in additional than 40 years.

In his assertion to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister Rajnath Singh had issued what was seen as a transparent warning to China, saying India is “very serious about issues of sovereignty” and the nation is  ready for “all contingencies” to make sure that it’s maintained.  

China has mobilised an enormous variety of military battalions and armaments alongside the LAC and internal areas. There are “many friction points in eastern Ladakh, Gogra, Kongka La, Pangong Lake’s north and south banks. The Indian army has made counter deployments in these areas,” Mr Singh mentioned. 

But he additionally spoke of the joint aim of the 2 nations to resolve the problem and have “peaceful relations”. 

“While no one should doubt our determination to safeguard our borders, India believes that mutual respect and mutual sensitivity are the basis for peaceful relations with neighbours.  As we want to resolve the current situation through dialogue, we have maintained diplomatic and military engagement with the Chinese side,” he mentioned.  

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