China, India border dispute back in focus

ISTANBUL – The unresolved dispute over the China-India border is back in focus with the two sides sticking to their opposing positions.

India’s Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar told a conference in Thailand last week that the bilateral relations with China are going through an “extremely difficult phase after what Beijing has done at the border.”

“The Asian Century will not happen if the two neighbors could not join hands,” he said.

Jaishankar was responding to questions after delivering a talk on “India's Vision of the Indo-Pacific” at the Bangkok-based Chulalongkorn University.

He was referring to an ongoing dispute with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh area of disputed Jammu and Kashmir since May 2020.

The two militaries came face-to-face with each other along the LAC in June 2020, an escalation that resulted in the death of 24 soldiers -- 20 on the Indian side.