‘State of border’ will determine India-China ties: Jaishankar

New Delhi: The state of the border will determine the state of the India-China relationship, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, amid the lingering military standoff between the two countries in eastern Ladakh that significantly strained the ties.

Jaishankar was speaking at the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute here. Addressing the event, the external affairs minister also spoke on a number of pressing issues including UN reform, regional cooperation, connectivity, and managing contradictions within Asia.

The minister said much of the future of Asia depends on how the relations between India and China develop in the foreseeable future.

“For ties to return to a positive trajectory and remain sustainable, they must be based on the three mutuals: mutual sensitivity, mutual respect, and mutual interest,” he said.

“Their current status is, of course, well known to all of you. I can only reiterate that the state of the border will determine the state of the relationship,” he added.

Indian and Chinese troops have engaged in a standoff at a number of friction points in eastern Ladakh for over two years. The two sides disengaged in several areas in the region as a result of high-level military talks.

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