In recent developments regarding the Indo China conflict, Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar said that the LAC issues has had adverse impacts on the bilateral ties between the two countries. The statement by the Indian External Affairs minister came when he met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dushanbe. He further also stated that there has not been visible forward momentum by China after the disengagement process Ladakh began in February this year.


On Wednesday, Indian External Minister Mr. S. Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. After the meeting, Mr. Jaishankar claimed that the existing situation in the Eastern Ladakh and Line of Actual Control (LAC) has prolonged and has now the bilateral ties between the countries are getting strained and have been affected in a ‘negative manner’.

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Jaishankar’s Revelatory Tweets

After the meeting, Mr. S. Jaishankar took to Twitter and gave updates on the meeting. In one of his Tweets he wrote, “Concluded a one-hour bilateral meeting with State Councilor and FM Wang Yi of China on the sidelines of Dushanbe SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting. Discussions focused on the outstanding issues along the LAC in the Western Sector.”

But the more significant update came with Mr. Jaishankar writing “Highlighted that unilateral change of status quo is not acceptable. Full restoration and maintenance of peace and tranquility in border areas is essential for development of our ties.” He also wrote, “Agreed on convening an early meeting of the Senior Military Commanders.”

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Meeting Comes after Stalemates

The in-person meeting between the two sides comes amid the multiple rounds of talks between both the countries about the Ladakh situation ending in stalemate. Further, after both the sides agreed for a disengagement process, it’s been reported that troops from both the sides have stay put at the friction points in a “who will blink first” ordeal.

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External Affairs Ministry Issues Statement

After the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs also issued a statement-

“The External Affairs Minister recalled that both sides had agreed that a prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side. It was visibly impacting the relationship in a negative manner.”

The MEA further added-

“The attempts to change the status quo last year that also disregarded commitments under the 1993 and 1996 agreements have inevitably affected ties. He (Jaishankar) emphasised that it was, therefore, in mutual interest that the two sides work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh, while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.”

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What happened during Moscow Meeting?

It should be noted that the External Affairs minister met his Chinese counterpart in September, 2020 at an SCO conclave in Moscow. The meeting at Moscow were productive on paper with both India and China reaching on an agreement to resolve the border issue with a 5-point strategy. The 5-point strategy included strategies like derangement, avoiding military actions, adherence to the agreed upon protocols on border management, and restoring peace on LAC.

The Ministry of External Affairs in its statement also stated-

“Recalling their last meeting in Moscow, in September 2020, the External Affairs Minister emphasised the need to follow through on the agreement reached then and complete the disengagement, resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh at the earliest.”