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Ties with China disturbed as Beijing has not observed border agreements, says S Jaishankar

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Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar on Thursday said the foundation of bilateral ties with China has been disturbed for last one year because Beijing has not observed agreements on matters related to the border, reported PTI.

Jaishankar, who is in Moscow for a three-day visit, said relations with China had been stable for 40 years. “But for the last one year, there has been a lot of concern about the relationship because China has not observed agreements that it had signed up to when it came to our border,” said Jaishankar at an event at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations.

Tension has been brewing between India and China for more than a year now. On June 15 last year, Indian and Chinese troops had clashed in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control, which was the deadliest in 45 years. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand combat. While Beijing had acknowledged casualties early, it did not disclose details till February, when it said four of its soldiers had died.

“After 45 years, we actually had a border incident with casualties,” Jaishankar said. “And peace and tranquility on the border, for any country, is the foundation of a relationship…

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