India calls situation on border with China 'fragile and dangerous'
The situation on the border between India and China in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh is fragile and dangerous. At present, the armed forces of the two countries are located too close to each other.
This statement was made by Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar. He stressed that the situation remains very fragile.
Because there are places where our troops are located very close to the Chinese, which is very dangerous,” Jaishankar said.
Relations between India and China cannot return to normal until the border conflict is resolved in accordance with the agreement in principle he reached with his Chinese counterpart in September 2020, he said.
The Foreign Minister also noted that, despite the fact that forces from both sides have been withdrawn from many border areas, discussions are underway on unresolved issues.
India began a massive rearmament
As early as December 9, 2022, new clashes erupted on the disputed Himalayan border between India and China. As a result, several servicemen of both states were injured. This was the first conflict between the troops of these countries since the clashes in 2020, which then led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and more than 45 Chinese soldiers and the deterioration of relations between India and China.
The two largest countries in Asia are actively arming and periodically arrange border skirmishes. Previously, India approved the purchase of:
- artillery systems,
- electronic warfare systems.
The total amount is 8.5 billion dollars. The Indian Navy is about to place orders for over 200 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, an improved export version of Russia's Onyx missiles.