“India-China border talks have not been halted, and meeting will be held soon,” said External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar while briefing media regarding border infrastructure and connectivity on Monday, August 7 in New Delhi.
Following a conflict on their disputed Himalayan border in 1962, China and India have had tense relations with one-another for many years. Following a border clash in which 20 Indian and 4 Chinese soldiers died in 2020, their relations took a severe hit. By renaming 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh with Chinese names this year, China heightened tensions. Stressing on this issue, the EAM said that the progress has been made on key tension points in the last three years. He further stated that the Indian military has been able to counter Chinese movement better after 2014, and quality infrastructure is being developed for the armed forces.
EAM Jaishankar informed that India is in talks with Bhutan on the Rail connectivity between Bhutan and Assam. He added that Bhutan is very keen to open more points for tourists and it is very good for Assam. He said that the government is committed to secure the borders areas as well as develop.
Highlighting the border situation with Myanmar, EAM said that it is challenging. He added that Sittwe Port is operational and expressed hope to conclude the coastal shipping agreement this year. The Minister said that the Myanmar Trilateral highway is a big challenge due to the law and order situation, and India is engaging with Myanmar authorities to meet the challenges. According to the minister, India’s reaction to issues in national security will be determined by the infrastructure drive along the country’s northern border.
Speaking about Bhutan-China talks, the Minister said, As far as Bhutan – China talks are concerned, they are having negotiations, and 24 rounds have been completed. They will be holding more rounds. We track carefully what affects us. It is for them to determine the pace.”