The India-China border row has to be solved through diplomacy, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday adding it was vital for both the countries to reach an “accommodation” not just for themselves, but the world as well.
“Our position there (in Ladakh) has been very clear – we have agreements and understandings with China. The agreements and understandings must be scrupulously observed by both parties,” Mr Jaishankar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“I am totally convinced that a solution to the situation has to be found in the domain of diplomacy. And I say that with responsibility,” he said, underscoring that he was “not underplaying the seriousness of the current situation or the challenges” of the boundary question.
“The reality is what happens at the border will impact the relationship, you cannot separate it,” he said, speaking at an online event for the launch of his book.
Describing the current period as “not the easiest of times” in the India-China relationship, Mr Jaishankar said that he had written the book “The India Way: Strategies For An Uncertain World” before the Galwan Valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
He also said India and China were two civilizational states who are going to enter the fourth industrial revolution when most other big civilizations did not make it.