India to Address Border Issues with China, Condemns Cross-Border Terrorism

The Union minister said he is confident that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, the "foreign policy of Modi 3.0 will be very successful".  (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, has embarked on his second term with a resolute focus on addressing critical issues such as border tensions with China and cross-border terrorism from Pakistan. His reappointment underscores the Indian government’s confidence in his diplomatic acumen and strategic vision.

Historically, India and China have shared a complex relationship, marred by border disputes that trace back to the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Despite numerous rounds of negotiations, including the Wuhan Summit in 2018 and Mamallapuram Summit in 2019, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) remains a contentious point. The 2020 Galwan Valley clash further exacerbated tensions, leading to casualties on both sides and a significant military buildup along the LAC. Jaishankar’s tenure saw intense diplomatic engagements with Chinese counterparts, aiming to de-escalate the situation through dialogue and disengagement protocols.

Simultaneously, India continues to grapple with cross-border terrorism originating from Pakistan. Since the partition in 1947, the two nations have fought three major wars and numerous skirmishes, primarily over the Kashmir region. The abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, further strained Indo-Pak relations. India has consistently accused Pakistan of fostering terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for numerous attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the 2019 Pulwama attack. Jaishankar’s diplomatic efforts have focused on mobilizing international support to pressure Pakistan into dismantling terror infrastructure on its soil.

In his second term, Jaishankar is expected to leverage his extensive experience and existing global networks to foster dialogue and cooperation while maintaining a firm stance on national security. His approach balances hard diplomacy with strategic patience, aiming to secure India’s interests without escalating conflicts. The use of multilateral platforms like the United Nations, BRICS, and G20 will likely continue to be pivotal in his strategy to address these bilateral challenges.

Jaishankar’s task is daunting, but his track record offers a glimmer of hope for progress. As India navigates its regional complexities, the world watches closely, anticipating how one of its most seasoned diplomats will steer the nation through these troubled waters.

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tags: India, China, Pakistan, border disputes, terrorism, diplomacy, Jaishankar, LAC, Jammu and Kashmir, international relations

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