Focus: GS-II International Relations
Why in news?
- India has firmly conveyed its demand to China for restoring the status quo as existed in April 2020 (Before the Standoff) along the border during the senior military commander talks.
- The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the talks were held in a “cordial and positive” atmosphere, and both sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to “resolve the situation”.
- The Chinese side raised objections to India’s infrastructure development.
- The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) conveyed that infrastructure development will go on in Indian territory and that China has already developed infrastructure on its side.
- China’s actions violate the existing boundary agreement meant to preserve peace and tranquillity on the border and this was also communicated.
Background: Story So far
- Tensions between the two sides have continued for more than a month, and serious skirmishes were reported between the Indian Army and PLA soldiers at several points of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and Sikkim.
- China is understood to have made significant incursions, and the Indian Army has also bolstered its positions.
-Source: The Hindu