LAC friction can’t be swept under carpet: Envoy
India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri has warned against efforts to sweep the ongoing India-China border friction “under the carpet” as a minor problem because it has damaged the very “foundation” of bilateral ties and put the dialogue mechanisms implemented to maintain peace along the disputed boundary under strain.
Referring to the talk of “consensus” to maintain peace at the border, Misri said similar understandings were reached in the past as well but indicated that paying mere lip service will not work anymore. “...we must acknowledge that these enabling structures and the fundamental premise of the closer developmental partnership have been placed under considerable strain by the serious incidents and the resultant violation of peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in April 2020 and thereafter,” the Indian ambassador said during a virtual exchange held last week. The failure of the existing mechanisms and the resulting friction should be acknowledged and addressed, he said, and not dismissed as a minor incident.
Misri was speaking at a virtual event organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong spoke at the event as well.
India and China have held multiple rounds of diplomatic and military dialogues to resolve the ongoing tension at the border, the worst in decades, which saw soldiers dying on both sides for the first time since 1975.