India-China relation in a very difficult phase: EAM Jaishankar

India’s relations with China right now was going through a “very difficult phase” after Beijing violated border agreements, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday.

At the Munich Security Conference 2022 panel discussion in Germany, Jaishankar said that there had always been peace between the two countries since 1975 as there was “stable border management” and no military casualties, PTI reported.

The Indo-China war which started in 1967 came to an end in 1975.

He went on to say: “That changed because we had agreements with China not to bring military forces to the… we call it the border but it’s Line of Actual Control, and the Chinese violated those agreements. The state of the border will determine the state of the relationship, that’s natural.”

On 12 February, the minister had blamed Beijing for violating written commitments by gathering troops at the border.

The tension escalated following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020.

The situation at the LAC has arisen due to the disregard by China in 2020 of written agreements with India not to mass forces at the border, the minister said.

“So, when a large country disregards written commitments, I think it’s an issue of legitimate concern for the entire international community,” he told reporters.