India has always stressed in interactions with Chinese interlocutors that a normal bilateral relationship is contingent on peace and tranquillity in the border areas, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Sunday.
Underlining that China is the second-largest economy in the world and India has a large trade profile with it, Mr Shringla said clearly India has to continue to work on the economic relationship with the neighbouring country, but it has to be calibrated based on the progress on important issues that are critical to both countries politically.
Talking about the “recent disturbances” on the India-China border areas in Eastern Ladakh, Mr Shringla, while speaking at a session of the Asia Economic Dialogue, said, “We in our interactions with our Chinese interlocutors have always made the point that a normal bilateral relationship is contingent upon peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”
This is a sine qua non (absolutely necessary) and this is something both sides have accepted as part of their treaty obligations, Mr Shringla said at an online session of the Dialogue organised by the Pune International Centre.
“Now as we disengage and as there is some forward movement in the resolution of some of the recent border friction points…obviously we have to see what else is required,” he said.