An unprecedented clash between Chinese and Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control in the Galwan Valley ended with dozens dead on 15-16 June last year. After a brief success on de-escalating tensions in February 2021, the two sides have been amassing military assets near the border as disengagement talks have been stalled since April.
China’s military deployment along the Line of Actual Control and uncertainty over whether Beijing will live up to its promise to reduce troops remain among major issues in relations between the two countries, India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stated at the Qatar Economic Forum.
The minister said that the “close up deployments still continue, especially in Ladakh”.
The minister, however, delinked the Quad, an informal alliance comprising Australia, India, Japan, and the US, from the ongoing border stand-off in Ladakh.
“I think when it comes to the Quad and the India-China border issue, we’re talking apples and oranges… The India-China border issue, it has pre-existed upon, in many ways, it’s a challenge, a problem, which is quite independent of the Quad,” he underlined.
China considers the Quad to be a US-led grouping meant to counter its growing influence in the region. At the height of the stand-off Washington offered to mediate the conflict, but the concerned sides rejected third party involvement.
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