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India-China standoff:  EAM Jaishankar says India will not accept change in status quo

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India and China have made “significant headway” in disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. However, there are some friction points that are yet to be resolved, he noted.

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“We are absolutely clear that we will not agree to any change in the status quo, any attempt to change the LAC unilaterally by one side,” news agency quoted him as saying.

“We had 13 rounds of discussion by military commanders focused on disengagement. As a result, we’ve made significant headway in many of the friction points. There are some friction points which still remain to be resolved,” Jaishankar said during an interaction at a think-tank in Paris on Tuesday.

Jaishankar asserted that India will not look kindly upon any attempt by Beijing to unilaterally change the status quo at the India-China border.

On February 20, Jaishankar said India’s relationship with China is going through a ‘very difficult phase’ and that the ‘state of the border will determine the state of the relationship.’

Jaishankar, who arrived in Paris on Tuesday from Germany, is on a three-day visit to France.

He has held talks with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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Speaking on economic ties between the two countries, Jaishankar said, “France has been an important bridge for us to the European Union. A key expectation today is French support for the launch of negotiations between India and the EU on trade and investments.”

The eastern Ladakh border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries erupted following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

The tension escalated following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020.

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