EAM outlines eight rules to fix strained ties with China

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 28

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today suggested three “mutuals” and eight broad propositions to mend strained ties between India and China. The minister gave no indication whether any of this was being discussed by the two nations.

He said the two countries were at crossroads and their choices would have profound repercussions, not just for them, but for the entire world.

“The three mutuals — mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests — are determining factors. Any expectation that they can be brushed aside is simply not realistic,” he said, while delivering the keynote address at the 13th All-India Conference of China Studies.

Jaishankar underlined the importance of stabilising the relationship through eight broad propositions. Among these are: Agreements already reached must be adhered to in entirety; the LAC must be strictly observed; border area peace and tranquility basis for development of relations in other domains; management of differences essential to ties; and the two nations must always take the long view.

On Galwan clash and troop buildup along the LAC, he said: “Significantly, to date, we have yet to receive a credible explanation for the change in China’s stance or reasons for massing of troops along the borders.”

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