October 16, 2020 9:43:21 pm
The June clashes between India and China in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley had a very deep public and political impact and left the relationship between the two countries “profoundly disturbed”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.
Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Asia Society, Jaishankar said there are multiple agreements between the two countries, starting from 1993, which limited the military forces that came to the border areas, how to manage the border, how border troops behave when they approach each other.
“So, from the conceptual level down to the behavioural level, there was an entire sort of framework out there. What we saw this year was a departure from this entire series of agreements. The massing of large amount of Chinese forces on the border was clearly contrary to all of this,” news agency PTI quoted Jaishankar as saying.
“And when you had friction point which was large number of troops at different points very close to each other, then something tragic like what happened on 15th of June happened,” he said.
“To underline the enormity of that, it was the first military casualty we had after 1975. So what it has done is, it has obviously had a very…