External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Sydney on Tuesday that two-and-a-half years in relations with China have been "very difficult" for India, including the first bloodshed on the border in 40 years. He insisted that he kept the channel of communication open with Beijing, as neighbors have to talk to each other.
"We had a very difficult two-and-a-half years in relations with China, including the first bloodshed on the border after 40 years and where we actually lost 20 soldiers," the foreign minister said in response to a question. The minister, who was India's ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, said, "But our effort, my effort has been to keep the media going." In fact, the morning after that, I called my counterpart Wang Yi and urged him to ensure that no tension provoking or complicating is done from the Chinese side.'
He said, adding, "Diploma is about communication. It's not just in relations with China, even in relation to (other countries)... If diplomats won't communicate with each other, what kind of diplomacy will they do?' He said that in the end countries have to talk with each other. India has consistently maintained that peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is vital for the overall development of bilateral relations.
About a week ago, China had issued a statement regarding the border dispute with India, saying that the situation created after the Galwan Valley conflict in June 2020 has now become normal and the management and control work on the border has started as before. Despite the process of disengagement in Eastern Ladakh being incomplete, this statement came from China. According to media reports, China's Ambassador to India Sun Weidong, speaking on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), also said that China-India relations have reached new heights this year.
China has made this claim when it has vetoed UN sanctions on Pakistan-based commanders of terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, banned by the United Nations three times this year. Beijing has been unable to explain to India why it is shielding these terrorists. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had also slammed China for the 'double standards' in his address to the UNGA i.e. UN General Assembly on the issue of terrorism.