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Xi Jinping's China wants to annex the 'five fingers' — Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and Arunachal Pradesh — of its 'right palm', which Mao Zedong had referred to Tibet as.
China's strategic competitors, including India, are trying to contest its public health outreach. But as of now, countries in South Asia do not have an alternative to China.
Addressing the BJP's Maharashtra Jan-Samvad Rally via video link, the minister also said the government will ensure that India's pride is not affected.
In a piece that appeared Monday, Chinese paper, however, says that the military commanders’ meeting Saturday may have prevented a Doklam-like situation.
Senior Indian and Chinese foreign ministry officers held a video meeting Friday, a day before top military representatives of the two nations are scheduled to meet in Ladakh.
India-China border tensions must be seen in the backdrop of Beijing’s deteriorating international relations during the coronavirus outbreak, experts say.
India’s 14 Corps Commander will meet the chief of China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District on 6 June after other rounds of talks failed to resolve the month-long border row.
While PM Modi has made more visits to China than any other Indian politician, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar was India’s ambassador to Beijing.
A review of the security situation has been held at various levels, and sources say there has been no further escalation since mid-May, which is a good sign.
Both India and China continue to patrol the LAC and try to restrict the other. However, no physical clash has taken place since the evening of 5 May.